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Last Updated: Thursday January 23 2003 10:16 GMT

Country profile: Sierra Leone

  • Population: 5.3 million
  • Capital city: Freetown
  • Languages spoken: English, Krio (a Creole language derived from English) and a range of African languages
  • Major religion: Islam, indigenous beliefs, Christianity
  • Fascinating Fact: It's one of the poorest and troubled countries in the world, but earns most of its money from diamond mining. In April 2002 the country sold a huge 110-carat diamond the size of a large pebble for several million dollars.



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