Category:   World Travel Directory  :  Africa  :  Liberia
Liberia, officially the Republic of Liberia, is a country on the west coast of Africa, bordered by Sierra Leone, Guinea, Côte d'Ivoire, and the Atlantic Ocean.

As of 2008, the nation is estimated to be home to 3,489,072 people and cover 111,369 square kilometers (43,000 sq mi). Liberia has a hot equatorial climate with most rainfall arriving in summer with harsh harmattan winds in the dry season. Liberia's populated Pepper Coast is composed of mostly mangrove forests while the sparsely populated inland is forested, later opening to a plateau of drier grasslands.

The history of Liberia is unique among African nations, due to its roots as a colony founded by freed slaves from the United States. These freed slaves formed an elite group in Liberian society, and, in 1847, formed a government based on that of the United States, naming their capital city after James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States. This government was overthrown by a military-led coup in 1980, which marked the beginning of a period of instability and civil war that left hundreds of thousands of people dead and devastated the country's economy.

Today, Liberia is recovering, and despite its poverty and lack of adequate infrastructure, it has experienced economic growth.  Source

Liberia Facts

Population: 4 million

Capital: Monrovia

Currency: Liberian Dollar

Area: 111,369 km2

Language: English

Main Religion: Christian, Indigenous beliefs

Calling Code: +231

Time Zone: GMT

Main Cities: Monrovia, Foya, Saclepea, Keya Bendu, Voinjama, Gambia, Sefidu, Karnwee, Zorzor, Kongo, Gbarnga, Taylay, Payee, Jakata