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Basic Facts About Sierra Leone

Form of state and government Unitary republic with constitutional government, based on English common law
Head of state President Ernest Bai Koroma
Population 6, 546, 040 (July 2015 est.)
Major cities Freetown (capital): 1,200, 000
Bo: 700,919
Kenema: 510,539
Koidu Town: 310,800
Makeni: 200,900
Measurements: Metric system
Language English
Local time GMT year round
Business hours 8am–5pm
Official Holidays New Years Day, January 1
Good Friday, varies
Easter Monday, varies
Independence Day, April 27
Prophet Mohammad’s Birthday, varies
End of Ramadan, varies
Tabaski, varies
Christmas Day, December 25
Boxing Day, December 26
Weather Hottest month: April, 29°C
Coldest month: August, 26°C
Driest month: February
Wettest month: July
Average annual rainfall: 300cm
Exchange rate (August 2015) US$ 1 = SLL (leone) 4,130
Euro 1 = SLL 4,473
BP 1 = SLL 5,880
Japanese Yen 1 = SLL 34
RSA Rand 1 = SLL 259
Nigerian Naira 1 = SLL 20
GDP Facts: GDP: $4.438 billion (2015 est.)
Market access ECOWAS: 220 million
EU Cotonou Agreement: 456 million
US AGOA: 300 million