The capital of Sierra Leone is located on the northwestern tip of the Freetown Peninsula, a peninsula that extends into the Atlantic Ocean. With a population of 830,000, Freetown is the largest city in Sierra Leone. Densely forested hills surround the historic port city. Fine sandy beaches line the coast. One of the most famous sights of the city is the Cotton Tree, the “cotton tree”. It stands in the middle of the city center. It is also home to the Sierra Leone National Museum, the only museum in the small country.
Which country is Freetown located?
Sierra Leone is a small country in the west of Africa, bordering only Liberia and Guinea. It is about twice the size of Switzerland and has slightly fewer inhabitants. The capital Freetown is called “Free City” in German and is located on the coast to the Atlantic Ocean. Freetown is the only city with over one million inhabitants and thus the largest city in Sierra Leone. About every seventh inhabitant of the country lives there.
With over 70,000 square kilometers, Sierra Leone is about the same size as the Czech Republic in Europe. The official language is English. However, there are also many other languages in the country that are not considered an official language. These include the Krio, Mende or Kono languages. This is due to the fact that the population consists of different, large groups, which also have their own culture.
The name Sierra Leone comes from the Portuguese Pedro da Cinta. This gave the country the name Serra Lyoa because of the rugged mountains. This means something like “lion Mountains” and has developed into Sierra Leone to this day.
About seven out of ten inhabitants are Muslims. Almost all the rest are Christians. Only about every third resident has a job. About seven out of ten inhabitants are very poor. They earn less than a dollar a day. The United Nations, that is, the UN, considers Sierra Leone to be the poorest country in the world.
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