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Resources about Liberia including maps, facts about the land, people,
history, government, political conditions, and economy.
Economy of Liberia
GDP (2009): $876 million.
Real GDP growth rate (2009): 4.9%.
Real per capita GDP (2009): $128.
Average annual inflation (2009): 7.4%.
Natural resources: Iron ore; rubber; timber; diamonds; gold;
tin; possible offshore deposits of crude oil.
Agriculture: Products--coffee, cocoa, sugarcane, rice,
cassava, palm oil, bananas, plantains, citrus, pineapple,
sweet potatoes, corn, and vegetables.
Industry: Agriculture (61% of 2009 GDP); rubber; diamonds;
gold; iron ore; forestry; beverages; construction.
Trade (2009): Exports--$148 million (rubber 61%). Major
markets--India (26.5%); United States (17.9%); Poland (13.9%).
Imports--$551 million (rice 29%; machinery/transport equipment
23%). Major markets--South Korea (27.2%); Singapore (25.5%);
Geography of Liberia
Area: 111,369 sq. km. (43,000 sq. mi.). Slightly larger than
Cities: Capital--Monrovia (pop. 1,010,970). Principal towns--
Ganta (pop. 41,000), Buchanan (pop. 34,000), Gbarnga (pop.
34,000), Kakata (pop. 33,000), Voinjama (pop. 26,000).
Terrain: Three areas--Mangrove swamps and beaches along the
coast, wooded hills and semideciduous shrub lands along the
immediate interior, and dense tropical forests and plateaus in
the interior. Liberia has 40% of West Africa's rain forest.
Government of Liberia
Independence: From American Colonization Society July 26,
Constitution: January 6, 1986.
Political parties: 20 registered political parties.
Map of Liberia
This Map of Liberia shows the borders of the country, as well
as rivers, and cities including Monrovia the capital of
Liberia. (Maps from the U.S. State Department)
Official Name of Liberia
The Official Name of Liberia is the Republic of Liberia.
(Facts from the U.S. State Department)
People of Liberia
Nationality: Noun and adjective--Liberian(s).
Population (2009): 3.955 million.
Annual population growth rate (2008): 2.1%.
Ethnic groups: Kpelle 20%, Bassa 14%, Gio 8%, Kru 6%, 52%
spread over 12 other ethnic groups.
Religions: Christian 85%, Muslim 12%, other 1.5%, no religion
Languages: English is the official language. There are 16
Education: Literacy (2008)--58%.
Health: Life expectancy (2008)--58 years.
Work force: Agriculture--70%; industry--15%; services--2%.
Employment in the formal sector is estimated at 15%.
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