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» Capital

Monrovia

» Population

4,092,310 (July 2014 est.) (World Fact Book)

» History

Settlement of freed slaves from the US in what is today Liberia began in 1822; by 1847, the Americo-Liberians were able to establish a republic. William TUBMAN, president from 1944-71, did much to promote foreign investment and to bridge the... » More

» Religions

Christianity 36.8%; Ethnic Religions 45.3%; Islam 16.7%; Non-Religious 0.7%; Other/Small Religions 0.4%; Evangelical 9.7% (Subset of Christianity)(Operation World 2014)

» Christian Breakdown

Independent 19.8%; Orthodox 0.3%; Other Christian 0.6%; Protestant 45.5%; Roman Catholic 33.8% (Operation World 2014)

» Unreached People Groups

5 (Out of 40 Total People Groups) (Joshua Project)

» Languages

English 20% (official), some 20 ethnic group languages, of which a few can be written and are used in correspondence (World Fact Book)

» Government Type

republic

» Economy

Civil war and government mismanagement destroyed much of Liberia's economy, especially the infrastructure in and around the capital, Monrovia. Many businesses fled the country, taking capital and expertise with them, but with the conclusion of... » More

» Per Capita GDP

$500 (2010 est.)

» Internet Users

20,000 (2009) (World Fact Book)

» Unemployment Rate

85% (2003 est.) (World Fact Book)

» Life Expectancy

male: 56.56 years female: 59.9 years (2014 est.) (World Fact Book)

» Major Infectious Diseases

degree of risk: very high food or waterborne diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever vectorborne diseases: malaria, dengue fever, and yellow fever water contact disease: schistosomiasis aerosolized dust or... » More

» HIV/AIDS Prevalence Rate

0.9% (2012 est. (World Fact Book)

 
Capital
Monrovia Close
Population
4,092,310 (July 2014 est.) (World Fact Book) Close
History
Settlement of freed slaves from the US in what is today Liberia began in 1822; by 1847, the Americo-Liberians were able to establish a republic. William TUBMAN, president from 1944-71, did much to promote foreign investment and to bridge the economic, social, and political gaps between the descendants of the original settlers and the inhabitants of the interior. In 1980, a military coup led by Samuel DOE ushered in a decade of authoritarian rule. In December 1989, Charles TAYLOR launched a rebellion against DOE's regime that led to a prolonged civil war in which DOE was killed. A period of relative peace in 1997 allowed for elections that brought TAYLOR to power, but major fighting resumed in 2000. An August 2003 peace agreement ended the war and prompted the resignation of former president Charles TAYLOR, who faces war crimes charges in The Hague related to his involvement in Sierra Leone's civil war. After two years of rule by a transitional government, democratic elections in late 2005 brought President Ellen JOHNSON SIRLEAF to power. She subsequently won reelection in 2011 in a second round vote that was boycotted by the opposition and remains challenged to build Liberia's economy and reconcile a nation still recovering from 14 years of fighting. The United Nations Security Council in September 2012 passed Resolution 2066 which calls for a reduction of UN troops in Liberia by half by 2015, bringing the troop total down to fewer than 4000, and challenging Liberia's security sector to fill the gaps. (World Fact Book) Close
Religions
Christianity 36.8%; Ethnic Religions 45.3%; Islam 16.7%; Non-Religious 0.7%; Other/Small Religions 0.4%; Evangelical 9.7% (Subset of Christianity)(Operation World 2014) Close
Christian BreakDown
Independent 19.8%; Orthodox 0.3%; Other Christian 0.6%; Protestant 45.5%; Roman Catholic 33.8% (Operation World 2014) Close
Unreached People Groups
5 (Out of 40 Total People Groups) (Joshua Project) Close
Languages
English 20% (official), some 20 ethnic group languages, of which a few can be written and are used in correspondence (World Fact Book) Close
Government Type
republic Close
Economy
Civil war and government mismanagement destroyed much of Liberia's economy, especially the infrastructure in and around the capital, Monrovia. Many businesses fled the country, taking capital and expertise with them, but with the conclusion of fighting and the installation of a democratically-elected government in 2006, some have returned. Richly endowed with water, mineral resources, forests, and a climate favorable to agriculture, Liberia had been a producer and exporter of basic products - primarily raw timber and rubber. Local manufacturing, mainly foreign owned, had been small in scope. President JOHNSON SIRLEAF, a Harvard-trained banker and administrator, has taken steps to reduce corruption, build support from international donors, and encourage private investment. Embargos on timber and diamond exports have been lifted, opening new sources of revenue for the government. The reconstruction of infrastructure and the raising of incomes in this ravaged economy will largely depend on generous financial and technical assistance from donor countries and foreign investment in key sectors, such as infrastructure and power generation. (World Fact Book) Close
Per Capita GDP
$500 (2010 est.) Close
Internet Users
20,000 (2009) (World Fact Book) Close
Unemployment Rate
85% (2003 est.) (World Fact Book) Close
Life Expectancy
male: 56.56 years female: 59.9 years (2014 est.) (World Fact Book) Close
Major Infectious Diseases
degree of risk: very high food or waterborne diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever vectorborne diseases: malaria, dengue fever, and yellow fever water contact disease: schistosomiasis aerosolized dust or soil contact disease: Lassa fever animal contact disease: rabies (2013) (World Fact Book) Close
HIV/AIDS Prevalence Rate
0.9% (2012 est. (World Fact Book) Close
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