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Country Profile: Sierra Leone

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Fact File

Capital and largest city

Freetown

Official languages

English

Other languages and dialects

Bassa, Bom, Bullom So, Gola, Kisi, Klao, Kono, Krim, Krio, Kuranko, Limba, Loko, Maninkakan, Mende, Pular, Sherbro, Susu, Themne, Vai, Yalunka

Area

71, 740 sq km

Population

6, 294, 774  (2007 est.)

Currency

Leone

Languages

Despite English being the official language of Sierra Leone, and taught across schools, in the media and in government administration, Krio is the most widely spoken language in the country, spoken by around 98% of the population. Other language spoken in the country include Bassa, Bom, Bullom So, Gola, Kisi, Klao, Kono, Krim, Krio, Kuranko, Limba, Loko, Maninkakan, Mende, Pular, Sherbro, Susu, Themne, Vai, Yalunka.

Economy

Sierra Leone is still recovering from a civil war, but its economy is showing sign of recovery and transition. Agricultural produce in the country includes rice, coffee, cocoa, palm oil, palm kernels, peanuts, poultry, sheep, pigs, cattle, fish. Important industries in Sierra Leone are diamond mining, light manufacturing, beverages, textiles, shoes, petroleum refining, ship repair. The country's natural resources, as well as diamonds, are titanium ore, bauxite, iron ore, gold and chromite. Sierra Leone's major trading partners are Germany, Belgium, US, UK, China, the Netherlands, South Africa and France.

Sierra Leone is a member of the Economic Community of West African States, and also the Mano River Union, which aims to promote economic integration. The country gets significant international aid, with bilateral donors including the US, UK, EU, Italy and Germany. Sierra Leone is also a member of the World Trade Organisation.

Energy

Sierra Leone uses fossil fuels for all of its energy needs. This is not a sustainable or environmental solution to energy security, and in the future the government will need to implement more long-term and efficient sources of power.

Culture

Sports are extremely popular in Sierra Leone, and in particular, football. Other popular sports are cricket and basketball.

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Areas in which we provide translation services include:

·         Legal Translation                                        

·         Medical and Pharmaceutical Translation

·         Technical Translation for Industry

·         Engineering Translation (including Automotive)

·         Environment and Global Issues Translation

·         Business Translation

·         Financial Translation

·         Scientific Translation

·         News and Media Translation

·         Government Translation

 
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Areas in which we provide interpreting services include:

•    Legal  (including court, depositions, arbitrations, litigations)         

•    Medical (including Pharmaceutical & Medical Conferences)

•    Technical

•    Industry

•    Engineering (including Chemical, Marine, CivilMechanical, Electrical

•   Business   (including Business Conferences, discussions, meetings) 

•    Financial

•    Construction

For more information regarding these services, please visit our main Interpreting Services page. 

Some of the 180 languages for which we provide interpreters:

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French Interpreting German Interpreting
Spanish Interpreting Korean Interpreting
Chinese Interpreting Japanese Interpreting

For other languages, please visit our Multiple Language Services Interpreting page.

Some of the 180 languages for which we provide interpreters:
 
Arabic Translation Italian Translation
Chinese Translation Japanese Translation
French Translation Korean Translation
German Translation Spanish Translation

For other languages, please visit our Multiple Language Services Translation page.

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