map of Liberia; source: WR LIBERIA

general data of the country


 
General useful information
 
Note: some data are of constant value, while other are due to changes, fluctuations etc.
 
Nation and population
official name (short form): Liberia
country code ISO: LR //; - FIPS: LI
location: West Africa
time zone: +0 UT
surface (land) area: 99065 sq.km = 38250 sq.mi //; - area incl. inland waters: sq.km = sq.mi
geographical position in extreme co-ordinates: North: 8° N / South: 4° N / East: 7° W / West: 11° W
borders (land): Sierra Leone, Guinea, Côte d'Ivoire
borders (coastline): Atlantic Ocean
climate: tropical
Government
independent since: 1847-07-26
type of government: republic
capital: Monrovia
administrative division: county (13)
Population
population according to the latest census (1984): 2101,628
total population according to the estimate of midyear 2000: 3164,156; or: 3130,000 / -; 2001: 3226,000
population density: 32 per sq.km = 82 per sq.mi
population growth: 2,8% //; - doubling time: 23 years
birth rate: 46 - 47 per 1000
death rate: 14 - 16 per 1000
fertility rate: 6 children per female
maternal mortality: 173 per 100,000
infant mortality (1-4 years): 113 per 1000
life expectancy: 51 years (male: 50; female: 53)
age breakdown: 0-14 years: 45% //; - 15-59 years: 49% //; - 60+ years: 6%
urbanisation: 44% //; - urbanisation growth: 6%
percentage of urban population in the greatest city: %
Ethnic composition, language, religion
ethnic groups: Kpelle 19 - 20%; Bassa 14%; Grebo 9%; Gio 8%; Kru 7%; Mano 7%; Loma 6%; Americo-Liberians 2,5%
languages: English (official); Mande, West Atlantic, Kwa
religious affiliation: Christian 10 - 68%; Muslim 14 - 20%; traditional beliefs 18 - 70%
Health
daily food intake: 1979 calories per capita
population with access to safe water: 30%
people per physician: 9340
people per hospital bed:
Education, literacy
school enrolment: primary education 6-11 years: 75%
school enrolment: secondary education: 67%
school enrolment: tertiary education 20-24 years: 22%
adult literacy: 39% (male: %; female: %) [later total figure found: 53%]
 
Economy and infrastructure
 
Economy and trade
currency: Liberian dollar = 100 cents
annual inflation rate: %
population below poverty line: %
Gross Domestic Product: USD 430 per capita
GNI USD per capita //; - [ppp: ]
GDP growth: %
income: USD 600 per capita
import: USD 5760 per capita //; - export: USD 389 per capita
trade: USD 285 per capita //; - or % of GDP
trade partners: SA US DE NL IT FR
human development index: //; - position of the country in the world no.: [no actual position known]
female labour force: 40%
unemployment: %
tourism: 0 million
Economic activities in agriculture, fisheries, industry, mining, services, energy
land use: arable land: 4% //; - grass land: 59% //; - wooded area: 18% //; - arid land and desert: %
agriculture: labour force: 74% //; - part of agriculture in GDP: 39%
agricultural products: natural rubber, coffee, timber, cocoa, rice, cassava, sugar
livestock (1000s): cattle: 36 / goats: 220 / pigs: 130 / poultry: 3500-4200 / sheep: 210
fish catch: 15472 metric tonnes
industry: labour force: 9% //; - part of industry in GDP: 28%
industrial products: rubber & palm oil processing, forestry, fishing
mining products: iron ore, diamonds, gold, barytes, kyanite, columbite, manganese
CO2 emission per capita: 0,1
services: labour force: 16% //; - part of services in GDP: 35%
energy use (kg per capita): 169
electricity use (per capita):
annual water use (per capita): 56
Traffic, communication
road network: 5412, or 10600 km //; - of which paved: 6% //; - of which are motorways: 0 km
vehicles: 1 per 1000
railways: 493 km //; - railways passenger/km: ?
navigable inland waterways: 0 km
ownership telephone: 2 per 1000
ownership radio receivers: 263 - 275 per 1000
ownership tv-sets: 20 - 29 per 1000
newspaper circulation: 14 per 1000
persons per post office:
personal computers: per 1000
 
Some physical landmarks
 
mountains: Mount Nimba 1768 m, Niete (Putu Range) 700
lowest point: sea level
lakes (natural): Lake Piso
lakes (artificial reservoirs): none, or unknown
lakes (deepest): unknown
rivers: Mano, Lof(f)a, Saint Paul, Saint John, Cess (Cestos), Cavalla
canals: none, or unknown
waterfalls: none, or unknown
caves: longest system: none, or unknown / deepest:
islands: none, or unknown
deserts: none
other natural features:
 
Additional remarks, especially on the statistical information
 
other important features:
apart from physical landmarks most of the above figures are changeable, in most cases they date from the 1990's
due to civil war conditions in the last years some figures are not very recent
primary sources used for the general information:
BB CA EV PW WA WB WR, and some national statistical yearbooks
particulars concerning population data:
 

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