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1) General culture

Education
 

Adjusted savings: education expenditure > % of GNI 1.01 % of GNI [163rd of 168]
Average years of schooling of adults 2.4 [92nd of 100]
Duration of education > Primary level 6 [84th of 181]
Duration of education > Secondary level 6 [111st of 181]
Education enrolment by level > Primary level 554,308 [92nd of 189]
Education enrolment by level > Primary level (per capita) 0.123 per capita [78th of 172]
Education enrolment by level > Secondary level 155,567 [110th of 171]
Education enrolment by level > Secondary level (per capita) 34.502 per 1,000 people [133rd of 159]
Education enrolment by level > Tertiary level 9,041 [109th of 150]
Education enrolment by level > Tertiary level (per capita) 1.931 per 1,000 people [120th of 146]
Education enrolment by level, percentage girls > Primary level 41.56% [169th of 179]
Education enrolment by level, percentage girls > Secondary level 41.6% [138th of 162]
Education enrolment by level, percentage girls > Tertiary level 28.78% [116th of 126]
Education enrolment ratio, net, primary level 43% [125th of 160]
Education enrolment ratio, net, primary level > Men 50% [120th of 160]
Education enrolment ratio, net, primary level > Women 37% [122nd of 160]
Education expenditure of government > As percentage of GNI 3.9% [30th of 127]
Education spending (% of GDP) 3.7% [91st of 132]
Enrolment ratio > Secondary level 26.5% [110th of 135]
Female enrolment share > Primary level 43.3% [163rd of 176]
Female enrolment share > Secondary level 45.3% [131st of 170]
Geographical aptitude results 70.748 [90th of 191]
Girls to boys ratio, primary level enrolment 0.81 [139th of 183]
Girls to boys ratio, secondary level enrolment 0.74 [125th of 172]
Girls to boys ratio, tertiary level enrolment 0.4 [120th of 139]
Grade 1 intake rate 80.2 [34th of 114]
Gross intake rate in grade 1, female > % of relevant age group 80.07 % [123rd of 156]
Gross intake rate in grade 1, male > % of relevant age group 82.27 % [130th of 156]
Gross intake rate in grade 1, total > % of relevant age group 81.16 % [130th of 157]
Library books 20,000 [73rd of 81]
Library books (per capita) 3.4089 per 1,000 people [76th of 81]
Library employees 15 [60th of 68]
Library employees (per capita) 0.00255667 per 1,000 people [60th of 68]
Library members 10,000 [53rd of 68]
Library members (per capita) 1.70445 per 1,000 people [47th of 68]
Literacy > Definition
age 15 and over can read and write English, Mende, Temne, or Arabic
Literacy > Female 24.4% [18th of 157]
Literacy > Male 46.9% [18th of 156]
Literacy > Total population 35.1% [18th of 160]
Literacy rate, adult female > % of females ages 15 and above 24.42 % [107th of 121]
Literacy rate, adult male > % of males ages 15 and above 46.93 % [108th of 121]
Literacy rate, adult total > % of people ages 15 and above 35.09 % [108th of 121]
Literacy rate, youth female > % of females ages 15-24 37.23 % [102nd of 123]
Literacy rate, youth male > % of males ages 15-24 59.13 % [102nd of 123]
Literacy rate, youth total > % of people ages 15-24 47.56 % [102nd of 123]
Literacy rates, aged 15-24 47.9% [33rd of 138]
Literacy rates, aged 15-24 > Men 59.6% [33rd of 138]
Literacy rates, aged 15-24 > Women 37.4% [33rd of 138]
Primary education, duration > years 6 years [88th of 197]
Primary education, pupils 1,291,355 [37th of 176]
Primary education, pupils (per capita) 0.234 per capita [3rd of 193]
Primary education, pupils > % female 45.02 % female [93rd of 175]
Primary education, teachers 19,316 [50th of 159]
Primary education, teachers (per capita) 3.496 per 1,000 people [66th of 191]
Primary education, teachers > % female 31.91 % female [79th of 153]
Public spending on education, total > % of GDP 3.79 % [32nd of 136]
Pupil-teacher ratio, primary 66.85 [4th of 159]
Pupils-teacher ratio > primary level 43.7 [25th of 175]
Ratio of female to male enrollments in tertiary education 40.09 [116th of 137]
Ratio of female to male primary enrollment 81.29 [96th of 174]
Ratio of female to male secondary enrollment 74.45 [81st of 162]
Ratio of girls to boys in primary and secondary education > % 70.85 % [143rd of 157]
Ratio of young literate females to males > % ages 15-24 62.96 % [103rd of 123]
Repitition rate > Primary level 2.8 [100th of 143]
School enrollment, preprimary > % gross 4.19 % gross [79th of 159]
School enrollment, preprimary, female > % gross 3.99 % gross [79th of 153]
School enrollment, preprimary, male > % gross 4.4 % gross [79th of 153]
School enrollment, primary > % gross 155.06 % gross [1st of 176]
School enrollment, primary > % net 43.28 % net [123rd of 139]
School enrollment, primary, female > % gross 139.11 % gross [2nd of 174]
School enrollment, primary, female > % net 36.57 % net [122nd of 137]
School enrollment, primary, male > % gross 171.13 % gross [1st of 174]
School enrollment, primary, male > % net 50.05 % net [119th of 136]
School enrollment, primary, private > % of total primary 1.69 % [106th of 139]
School enrollment, secondary > % gross 30.06 % gross [81st of 164]
School enrollment, secondary, female > % gross 25.67 % gross [78th of 162]
School enrollment, secondary, male > % gross 34.48 % gross [80th of 162]
School enrollment, secondary, private > % of total secondary 1.86 % [89th of 124]
School enrollment, tertiary > % gross 2.14 % gross [122nd of 141]
School enrollment, tertiary, female > % gross 1.23 % gross [117th of 137]
School enrollment, tertiary, male > % gross 3.06 % gross [114th of 137]
School life expectancy > Primary to tertiary 7 years [7th of 93]
School life expectancy > Primary to tertiary > Female 6 years [7th of 93]
School life expectancy > Primary to tertiary > Male 8 years [7th of 93]
Scientific and technical journal articles 3 [148th of 175]
Secondary education, general pupils 191,042 [63rd of 183]
Secondary education, general pupils (per capita) 0.035 per 1,000 people [89th of 196]
Secondary education, pupils 213,839 [60th of 166]
Secondary education, pupils (per capita) 0.039 per capita [76th of 185]
Secondary education, pupils > % female 42.83 % female [73rd of 153]
Secondary education, teachers 6,651 [46th of 141]
Secondary education, teachers (per capita) 1.204 per 1,000 people [65th of 188]
Secondary education, teachers > % female 26.87 % female [53rd of 131]
Secondary education, vocational pupils 22,797 [33rd of 163]
Secondary education, vocational pupils (per capita) 4.126 per 1,000 people [37th of 183]
Tertiary enrollment 2.2% [131st of 151]
Trained teachers in primary education > % of total teachers 61.48 % [47th of 61]
Trained teachers in primary education, female > % of female teachers 71.87 % [39th of 56]
Trained teachers in primary education, male > % of male teachers 56.61 % [45th of 56]
Women to men parity index, as ratio of literacy rates, aged 15-24 0.63 [33rd of 138]
World Organization of the Scout Movement > Members > Admits Boys/Girls both


SOURCES
World Development Indicators database; UNESCO; Source: UNESCO UIS Data | UNESCO Institute for Statistics; United Nations Human Development Programme; The Geography Zone; World Bank; UNESCO Institute for Statistics; All CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 18 December 2008; Wikipedia: List of World Organization of the Scout Movement members

ALTERNATIVE NAMES
Sierra Leone, Republic of Sierra Leone

Health
 

% immunized 1-year-old children > DPT3 50 [172nd of 187]
% immunized 1-year-old children > Measles 60 [159th of 186]
% immunized 1-year-old children > Polio3 50 [171st of 187]
% immunized 1-year-old children > TB 70 [138th of 153]
% immunized pregnant women tetanus 60 [24th of 54]
% of population using adequate sanitation facilities > Rural 53 [86th of 140]
% of population using adequate sanitation facilities > Total 66 [99th of 144]
% of population using adequate sanitation facilities > Urban 88 [91st of 141]
% of population using improved drinking water sources > Rural 46 [120th of 146]
% of population using improved drinking water sources > Total 57 [126th of 150]
% of population using improved drinking water sources > Urban 75 [126th of 147]
% of routine EPI vaccines financed by government > Total 10 [123rd of 133]
% under-fives with ARI -- 9 [50th of 79]
% under-fives with ARI taken to health provider 50 [41st of 80]
Abortion law > National laws > Physical Health Yes
Adolescent fertility rate > births per 1,000 women ages 15-19 172.47 births [11th of 184]
ARI treatment > % of children under 5 taken to a health provider 50 % [28th of 52]
Birth rate, crude > per 1,000 people 46.3 per 1,000 people [11th of 195]
Births attended by skilled health staff > % of total 41.7 % [63rd of 76]
Births with health staff 42% [94th of 116]
Children living with AIDS 16,000 [26th of 80]
Children living with AIDS (per capita) 2.72712 per 1,000 people [21st of 80]
Children Underweight Rate 9% [19th of 95]
Contraceptive prevalence > % of women ages 15-49 4 % [57th of 57]
Dependency ratio per 100 89 [23rd of 166]
Diarrhea treatment > % of children under 5 receiving oral rehydration and continued feeding 38.7 % [24th of 47]
Drinking water availability % 57% [124th of 147]
Drug access 0% [148th of 163]
expenditure per capita > current US$ 6.6 $ [181st of 186]
expenditure, private > % of GDP 1.35 % [149th of 187]
expenditure, public > % of GDP 1.95 % [143rd of 187]
expenditure, total > % of GDP 3.3 % [170th of 187]
External resources for health > % of total expenditure on health 35.4 % [14th of 141]
External resources for health as % of total expenditure on health 16.5% [34th of 179]
Female adults with HIV > % of population ages 15+ with HIV 60.47 % [10th of 112]
Fertility rate, total > births per woman 6.48 births per woman [10th of 194]
Healthy life expectancy at birth, years > Females 29.9 [187th of 186]
Healthy life expectancy at birth, years > Males 27.2 [187th of 186]
Healthy life expectancy at birth, years > Total population 28.6 [186th of 186]
HIV AIDS > Adult prevalence rate 7% [20th of 136]
HIV AIDS > Deaths 11,000 [35th of 102]
HIV AIDS > Deaths (per capita) 2,349.098 per million people [23rd of 102]
HIV AIDS > People living with HIV AIDS 170,000 [33rd of 126]
HIV AIDS > People living with HIV AIDS (per capita) 36.304 per 1,000 people [20th of 126]
HIV AIDS > Women living with aids 15-49 7 [17th of 114]
HIVAIDS > Adult prevalence rate 15-49 years, 7 [17th of 145]
HIVAIDS > children orphaned by AIDS 0-14 years, 42,000 [32nd of 82]
Hospital beds > per 1,000 people 1.21 per 1,000 people [88th of 149]
Immunization, DPT > % of children ages 12-23 months 64 % [173rd of 190]
Immunization, measles > % of children ages 12-23 months 67 % [163rd of 190]
Improved sanitation facilities > % of population with access 39 % [131st of 167]
Improved sanitation facilities, rural > % of rural population with access 30 % [129th of 167]
Improved sanitation facilities, urban > % of urban population with access 53 % [149th of 173]
Improved water source > % of population with access 57 % [155th of 176]
Improved water source, rural > % of rural population with access 46 % [150th of 174]
Improved water source, urban > % of urban population with access 75 % [168th of 181]
Incidence of tuberculosis > per 100,000 people 475.37 per 100,000 people [12th of 200]
Infant mortality rate > Female 138.85 deaths/1,000 live births [3rd of 225]
Infant mortality rate > Male 173.59 deaths/1,000 live births [2nd of 225]
Infant mortality rate > Total 156.48 deaths/1,000 live births [2nd of 225]
Intestinal diseases death rate 36.43% [2nd of 141]
life expectancy > Date of information 2006 est.
Life expectancy at birth > Female 43.28 years [215th of 226]
Life expectancy at birth > Male 38.64 years [219th of 226]
Life expectancy at birth > Total population 40.93 years [218th of 225]
Life expectancy at birth, female > years 42.78 years [174th of 194]
Life expectancy at birth, male > years 40.01 years [177th of 194]
Life expectancy at birth, total > years 41.36 years [177th of 194]
Life expectancy at birth, years > Females 39 [184th of 186]
Life expectancy at birth, years > Males 37 [185th of 186]
Life expectancy at birth, years > Total population 38 [185th of 186]
Major infectious diseases > Degree of risk very high
Major infectious diseases > Food or waterborne diseases
bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever
Major infectious diseases > Vectorborne diseases malaria and yellow fever
Major infectious diseases > Water contact disease schistosomiasis
Malaria % under-fives sleeping under a bednet 15 [22nd of 35]
Malaria % under-fives sleeping under a treated bednet 2 [13th of 28]
Malaria % under-fives with fever receiving anti-malarial drugs 61 [8th of 34]
Malaria prevention, use of insecticide-treated bed nets > % of under-5 population 2 % [17th of 27]
Malnutrition prevalence, height for age > % of children under 5 33.8 % [17th of 52]
Malnutrition prevalence, weight for age > % of children under 5 27.2 % [15th of 63]
Nutrition > % of children who are still breastfeeding 20-23 months 53 [30th of 105]
Nutrition > % of children who are � exclusively breastfed 6 months 4 [123rd of 125]
Nutrition > % of households consuming iodized salt 23 [92nd of 112]
Nutrition > % of under-fives suffering from stunting moderate & severe 34 [38th of 132]
Nutrition > % of under-fives suffering from underweight moderate & severe 27 [29th of 137]
Nutrition > % of under-fives suffering from underweight severe 9 [19th of 104]
Nutrition > % of under-fives suffering from wasting moderate & severe 10 [37th of 128]
Nutrition > Vitamin A supplementation coverage rate 6-59 months 91 [24th of 57]
Oral rehydration rate % 29 [21st of 73]
Out-of-pocket expenditure as % of private health expenditure 100% [30th of 185]
Out-of-pocket health expenditure > % of private expenditure on health 100 % [23rd of 185]
Per capita government expenditure on health in international dollars 16 [173rd of 185]
Per capita total expenditure on health in international dollars 27 [181st of 185]
Physicians > per 1,000 people 0.03 per 1,000 people [65th of 148]
Population suffering from undernourishment in 1990-1992 46 % [12th of 106]
Population suffering from undernourishment in 2001-2003 50 % [5th of 108]
Pregnant women receiving prenatal care > % 67.9 % [47th of 62]
Prepaid plans as % of private expenditure on health 0% [133rd of 159]
Prevalence of HIV, total > % of population ages 15-49 1.56 % [43rd of 148]
Prevalence of undernourishment > % of population 51 % [6th of 172]
Private expenditure on health as % of total expenditure on health 39.7% [97th of 185]
Probability of dying before 5 > Females 265 per 1,000 people [1st of 187]
Probability of not reaching 40 51.6% [3rd of 111]
Probability of reaching 65 > Female 28.2% [156th of 159]
Probability of reaching 65 > Male 23.4% [157th of 159]
Respiratory disease child death rate 215.9 (est)
Smoking prevalence, females > % of adults 7.4 % [18th of 43]
Smoking prevalence, males > % of adults 40.8 % [15th of 42]
Spending > Per person 8 [126th of 133]
Spending > Private 4.4 [9th of 141]
Spending > Public 0.9%
Total expenditure on health as % of GDP 2.9% [180th of 185]
Total fertility rate 6.5 [14th of 166]
Tuberculosis cases > Per 100,000 258 [12th of 165]
Tuberculosis cases detected under DOTS > % 37.44 % [150th of 178]
Tuberculosis immunisation 73% [114th of 134]
Tuberculosis treatment success rate > % of registered cases 81.69 % [78th of 171]
Water availability 36,322 cubic meters [30th of 169]
Women circumcised 2 [11th of 27]
Women circumcised (per capita) 0.00034089 per 1,000 people [5th of 27]
Women circumcised share 2% [11th of 27]


SOURCES
UNICEF; Wikipedia: Abortion law ; World Development Indicators database; WHO 2002a; UNHDR; UNICEF; World Health Organization; World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Global Water Supply and Sanitation Assessment 2000 Report and updates provided by UNICEF to the United Nations Millennium Indicator Database; WHO (World Health Organization). 2001. Correspondence on access to essential drugs. Department of Essential Drugs and Medecines Policy. February. Geneva; All CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 18 December 2008; United Nations, Demographic Yearbook, 1997; World Health Organisation. 1997-1999 World Health Statistics Annual. Geneva: WHO, 2000; Wikipedia: List of countries by life expectancy ; Wikipedia: List of countries by percentage of population suffering from undernourishment ; The World Health Report 2001; UN 2001 via backone.pdf; UN (United Nations). 2001. World Population Prospects 1950-2050: The 2000 Revision. Database. Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. New York.; UN (United Nations). 2001. World Population Prospects 1950-2050: The 2000 Revision. Database. Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. New York; World Bank. 2002. World Development Indicators 2002. CD-ROM. Washington, DC; ; UNHDR; Unicef (1994)

ALTERNATIVE NAMES
Sierra Leone, Republic of Sierra Leone

Sports
 

FIFA World Ranking > Men 211 [157th of 198]
FIFA World Ranking > Men (per capita) 35.964 per 1 million people [129th of 197]
International Cricket Council members > Affiliate Members > Member Since 2002


SOURCES
Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA); Wikipedia: List of International Cricket Council members

ALTERNATIVE NAMES
Sierra Leone, Republic of Sierra Leone

Food
 

beverages and tobacco > % of value added in manufacturing 69.11 % [3rd of 103]
exports > % of merchandise exports 91.64 % [3rd of 156]
imports > % of merchandise imports 22.53 % [18th of 155]


SOURCES
World Development Indicators database

ALTERNATIVE NAMES
Sierra Leone, Republic of Sierra Leone

Language

 

English status
Used in administration, law, education, commerce. Official language. Bible 1535-1989.
Languages
English (official, regular use limited to literate minority), Mende (principal vernacular in the south), Temne (principal vernacular in the north), Krio (English-based Creole, spoken by the descendants of freed Jamaican slaves who were settled in the Freetown area, a lingua franca and a first language for 10% of the population but understood by 95%)
Languages of the African Union > Illiteracy > Literacy rate 29.6 [170th of 174]


SOURCES
Ethnologue; All CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 18 December 2008; Wikipedia: Languages of the African Union

ALTERNATIVE NAMES
Sierra Leone, Republic of Sierra Leone


2) Religion
 

Catholic > Diocesan priests 53 [100th of 143]
Catholic > Diocesan priests (per capita) 0.00903358 per 1,000 people [99th of 143]
Catholic > Dioceses 3 [97th of 150]
Catholic > Dioceses (per capita) 0.000511335 per 1,000 people [103rd of 148]
Catholic > Parishes 38 [107th of 149]
Catholic > Parishes (per capita) 0.0064769 per 1,000 people [108th of 147]
Catholic > Religious Priests 30 [111st of 148]
Catholic > Religious Priests (per capita) 0.00511335 per 1,000 people [105th of 147]
Catholic > Total Priests 83 [105th of 149]
Catholic > Total Priests (per capita) 0.0141469 per 1,000 people [104th of 148]
Catholics 148,000 [105th of 140]
Catholics as percentage 2.9 [103rd of 150]
Islam > Percentage 61.541% [42nd of 164]
Islam > Percentage Muslim 60% [45th of 168]
Islam > Population 3,610,585 [45th of 165]
Islam in Africa > Islamic population in Africa and population percentage > Population 60 % [16th of 45]
Jehovahs Witnesses 1,450 [119th of 178]
Jehovahs Witnesses (per capita) 0.182717 per 1,000 people [150th of 177]
Protestantism > By country > Protestants 361,059 [83rd of 167]
Protestantism > By country > Protestants > % Protestant 6 % [84th of 163]
Religions
Muslim 60%, Christian 10%, indigenous beliefs 30%
Religions > All
Muslim 60%, indigenous beliefs 30%, Christian 10%
Religions > Muslim 60 % [36th of 100]
Roman Catholicism > By country > Roman Catholicism > % Catholic 2.9 % [116th of 170]
Roman Catholicism > By country > Roman Catholicism > Catholic total 174,511 [109th of 170]
Seventh-day Adventist Membership 15,150 [65th of 232]
Seventh-day Adventist Membership (per capita) 25,822.396 per 10 million people [87th of 222]


SOURCES
Catholic Hierarchy.org; CIA World Factbook; International Religious Freedom Report 2004, U.S. State Department; Wikipedia: Islam in Africa ; watchtower.org - 2002 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide; Wikipedia: Protestantism by country ; All CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 18 December 2008; CIA World Factbook, 22 August 2006 ; Wikipedia: Roman Catholicism by country ; adventiststatistics.org 2004 Annual Report 31 December 2004

ALTERNATIVE NAMES
Sierra Leone, Republic of Sierra Leone


3) Media
 

Average cost of local call 0.03 [117th of 151]
Computer, communications and other services > % of commercial service exports 0.1 % [135th of 153]
Computer, communications and other services > % of commercial service imports 2.52 % [131st of 155]
DVD region 5 [38th of 171]
E-Government rating 32 [162nd of 182]
Fixed line and mobile phone subscribers > per 1,000 people 18.6 per 1,000 people [164th of 193]
HAM radio prefixes 9LA - 9LZ
Households with television > % 6.69 % [129th of 160]
International dialling code 232
International voice traffic > out and in, minutes 14,143,870 min. [143rd of 164]
International voice traffic > out and in, minutes (per capita) 3.419 min. per capita [151st of 185]
Investment in telecoms with private participation > current US$ 300,000 $ [84th of 101]
Investment in telecoms with private participation > current US$ (per $ GDP) 0.252 $ per $1,000 of GDP [81st of 130]
Investment in telecoms with private participation > current US$ (per capita) 0.054 $ per capita [82nd of 132]
Mobile phone subscribers 113,214 [144th of 198]
Mobile phone subscribers (per capita) 22.116 per 1 million people [166th of 201]
Phone subscribers 10.19 [167th of 178]
Price basket for mobile > US$ per month 71.9 $/month [2nd of 185]
Price basket for residential fixed line > US$ per month 2.97 $/month [139th of 151]
Radio broadcast stations AM 1, FM 9, shortwave 1
Radio receivers 1,120,000 [105th of 188]
Radio receivers (per capita) 0.266 per capita [108th of 182]
Radios 1,120,000 [107th of 221]
Radios (per capita) 190.898 per 1,000 people [149th of 212]
Telecommunications investment > % of revenue 56.2 % [32nd of 165]
Telecommunications investment > current LCU 7972000000
Telecommunications revenue > % GDP 0.26 % GDP [164th of 167]
Telecommunications revenue > current LCU 2198845000
Telephone average cost of call to US > US$ per three minutes 2.74 $ [103rd of 142]
Telephone average cost of call to US > US$ per three minutes (per $ GDP) 4,127.749 $ per $1 trillion of GD [28th of 174]
Telephone average cost of call to US > US$ per three minutes (per capita) 626.109 $ per 1 million people [78th of 178]
Telephone employees, total 1,191 [127th of 194]
Telephone employees, total (per capita) 0.254 per 1,000 people [148th of 202]
Telephone faults > per 100 mainlines 23 per 100 mainlines [82nd of 134]
Telephone mainlines 24,000 [169th of 202]
Telephone mainlines (per capita) 4.906 per 1,000 people [180th of 203]
Telephone subscribers 91,000 [158th of 199]
Telephone subscribers (per capita) 18.6 per 1,000 people [170th of 201]
Telephone subscribers per employee 41.68 [162nd of 191]
Telephone system > Domestic
the national microwave radio relay trunk system connects Freetown to Bo and Kenema
Telephone system > General assessment
marginal telephone service
Telephone system > International
country code - 232; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean)
Telephones > Main lines in use 24,000 [83rd of 174]
Telephones > Main lines in use (per capita) 4.906 per 1,000 people [82nd of 173]
Telephones > Mobile cellular 776,000 [127th of 186]
Telephones > Mobile cellular (per capita) 126.291 per 1,000 people [142nd of 185]
Television broadcast stations 2 [13th of 89]
Television broadcast stations (per capita) 0.457 per million people [10th of 67]
Television receivers 53,000 [149th of 185]
Television receivers (per capita) 12.584 per 1,000 people [149th of 179]
Television standard > UHF PAL G
Television standard > VHF PAL B
Televisions 53,000 [153rd of 215]
Televisions (per capita) 9.03358 per 1,000 people [188th of 209]


SOURCES
World Development Indicators database; Amazon.com; report presents the second annual update on global e-government, i.e., the delivery of public sector information and online services through the Internet. This report studies the features that are available online at national government websites. Using a detailed analysis of 1.197 government websites in 198 different nations, it measures the information and services that are online, chart the variations that exist across countries, and discuss how e-government sites vary by region of the world. In order to see how the 198 nations ranked overall, the E-Government Ranking 2002 created a 0 to 100 point index and applied it to each nation's websites based on the availability of contact information, publications, databases, portals, and number of online services. (2002); hamcity.com; All CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 18 December 2008; Source: UNESCO UIS Data | UNESCO Institute for Statistics; CIA World Factbook, December 2003; Tenlab May 2002

ALTERNATIVE NAMES
Sierra Leone, Republic of Sierra Leone

Internet
 

Country code .sl
Hosts 8 [217th of 228]
Hosts (per capita) 1.271 per million people [216th of 222]
International Internet bandwidth > Mbps 0.51 Mbps [159th of 167]
International Internet bandwidth > Mbps (per $ GDP) 0.545 Mbps per $1 trillion of [162nd of 184]
International Internet bandwidth > Mbps (per capita) 0.104 Mbps per 1 billion peop [172nd of 188]
Internet Service Providers 1 [203rd of 229]
Internet Service Providers (per capita) 0.000170445 per 1,000 people [186th of 215]
ISP 1 [29th of 162]
ISP (per capita) 213.554 per billion people [29th of 127]
Livejournal users 29 [190th of 226]
Price basket for Internet > US$ per month 10.56 $/month [150th of 180]
Secure Internet servers 1 [172nd of 183]
Secure Internet servers (per capita) 0.181 per 1 million people [160th of 189]
TLD .sl
Users 13,000 [153rd of 190]
Users (per capita) 2.116 per 1,000 people [152nd of 184]


SOURCES
IANA: Internet Assigned Numbers Authority; All CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 18 December 2008; World Development Indicators database; CIA World Factbook, December 2003; LiveJournal

ALTERNATIVE NAMES
Sierra Leone, Republic of Sierra Leone


4) Tourism

Right Now
The small West African country of Sierra Leone is brimming with natural beauty and history. From the beginning of the post-slavery era, Freetown, the capital and largest city of Sierra Leone, has served as a place for free people to establish a new life, and the country has developed into a prosperous and friendly place to visit. Sierra Leone's diverse geography—from Atlantic beaches in the southwest to lowland plains in the country's center—makes for an excellent weeklong trip. We hope you get the chance to come out and explore it for yourself. Take a hike up Mount Bintumani for the views of the country - if you can make it to the top, you won't be disappointed!

The Top 10: What to Do in Sierra Leone
1. Mount Bintumani: This site is Sierra Leone’s highest peak and is situated in a beautiful reserve. The Loma Mountains Forest Reserve is an amazing place to hike and view the various forms of wildlife, including crocodiles, baboons, and porcupines. If you have the energy and time, try climbing Mount Bintumani itself. You’ll need a guide—ask your hotel or touring agency for their advice—but a trip to the summit will be well worth the effort, especially for the remarkable views of the country.
2. Outamba-Kilimi National Park: Established as a national park in 1986, the Outamba-Kilimi National Park is about 35 kilometers outside of Kabala and is full of monkeys, hippos, antelope, and many more animals. While the park is not always easily accessible, the small number of tourists there will make your visit an intimate one. Hire a guide in one of the bigger cities (make sure your guide is legitimate), and enjoy such activities as elephant tracking, canoeing, and bird watching. There are rudimentary camping facilities that allow for an overnight stay in the park. Check with your guide to see what he recommends.
3. Banana Islands: The Banana Islands are made up of Dublin, Ricketts, and Mes-Meheux Islands, respectively. If you love fishing, snorkeling, beaches, and rain forests, take a trip to this site. Located just southwest of the Freetown Peninsula, the islands are accessible only by boats leaving from Kent Beach. They have a sad history, as they used to be stations in the slave trade; you can still see shipwrecks in the shallow waters around the islands, and the remains of slave forts are scattered around. Today the islands are a beautiful and relaxing place to explore and go boating. If you want to spend the night, you may stay at the guest house on Dublin Island.
4. Bunce Island: Bunce Island is the site of the largest British slave castle on the Rice Coast of West Africa. Located about 30 kilometers up the mouth of the Sierra Leone River, the island is now a national historic site, and it’s an amazing and humbling place to explore. You can visit the old slave prison, dormitories, factory houses, and watchtowers. The remains on Bunce Island are chilling to see, but they provide an important introduction to the history of the slave trade.
5. National Cotton Tree: Standing in the center of Freetown, the Cotton Tree is one of Sierra Leon’s most symbolic sites. Rising up above the buildings, the tree is estimated to more than 200 years old and is said to have offered shade to newly freed slaves. While there is not much to do at the tree (aside from rest and take a picture of it), we recommend seeing it because of its cultural significance and its presence in many works of art that originate in Sierra Leone.
6. King’s Gate: Another symbolic site in Freetown is the King’s Gate, a large stone structure inscribed with the statement “Any slave who passes through this gate is declared a free man.” It is said that as soon as former slaves passed through the gate, they became free people. Like that of the Cotton Tree, the national significance of the King’s Gate makes it a worthwhile stop during your trip.
7. Tiwai Island Sanctuary: We highly recommend taking a night or two to camp out on this astonishing rain forest island. Tiwai Island Sanctuary sits in the Moa River and is teeming with animals like hippos, turtles, butterflies, and various primates. Take a river tour, swim in the clear water, or go on a day hike. The visitor center has canopied tents where you can stay the night, as well as dining and showering facilities.
8. Go Fishing: Fishing culture is huge in Sierra Leone. If you are a fishing enthusiast, or if you’re just interested in finding out how locals go about making their catch, we recommend asking around at the beaches; you will be surprised at how many fishermen will be happy to take you out with them. Be cautious: fishing can be a dangerous sport if not conducted carefully. Finding a trustworthy fisherman to let you hop on a boat can be an exciting adventure, though, especially if you know how to swim.
9. Tembo Fishing Village: Take a trip to Tembo and see a fully functional fishing village. You can visit markets where fresh shrimp and lobster are sold, as well as many different types of crafts (which make for excellent souvenirs). Currently Tembo furnishes Freetown with most of its seafood. Come check out the fishermen as they leave early in the morning and return throughout the day with their bounty.
10. River Number 2: As one of the most popular beaches along the Freetown Peninsula, River Number 2 is a great place to kick back and relax (and, in our opinion, has a very cool name, too). You can hire a local guide to take you on a boat ride up the river; if you are lucky you will see some crocodiles and monkeys. Beach resorts are nearby, for those who want stay overnight. We recommend visiting River Number 2 toward the end of your visit, when you will welcome a chance to rest your legs and relax.

When to Go
Sierra Leone is very hot and humid throughout the year, but the coastal areas stay relatively cool. The rainy season gets to be very wet, however, so we recommend planning your visit between November and April, when it will be hot and dry.

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