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A virtual guide to Liberia. Get an overview of Liberia's art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and its government.
This page offers maps, statistics, weather information, and links to sources that provide you with information about this Western African nation, e.g.: official web sites of Liberia, addresses of Liberian and foreign embassies, domestic airlines, local news, city- and country guides with travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more.

 
 

Republic of Liberia

Country Profile



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Background:
Eight years of civil strife were brought to a close in 1997 when free and open presidential and legislative elections were held. President TAYLOR now holds strong executive power with no real political opposition. Years of fighting, coupled with the flight of most businesses, have disrupted formal economic activity. A still unsettled domestic security situation has slowed the process of rebuilding the social and economic structure of this war-torn country. In 2001, the UN imposed sanctions on Liberian diamonds, along with an arms embargo and a travel ban on government officials, for Liberia's support of the rebel insurgency in Sierra Leone. Renewed rebel activity has further eroded stability and economic activity. An August 2003 peace agreement ended the war and prompted the resignation of former president Charles TAYLOR, who faces war crimes charges in The Hague related to his involvement in Sierra Leone's civil war. After two years of rule by a transitional government, democratic elections in late 2005 brought President Ellen JOHNSON SIRLEAF to power. The UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) maintains a strong presence throughout the country, but the security situation is still fragile and the process of rebuilding the social and economic structure of this war-torn country will take many years.
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)

border countries: Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire, Sierra Leone
 
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Official Name:
Republic of Liberia
short form: Liberia

ISO Country Code: ly

Time:
Local Time = UTC +0h
Actual Time: Tue-Sept-30  23:55

Country Calling Code: +231

Capital City: Monrovia (pop. 600 000)

Other Cities: Buchanan (est. 300 000), Ganta (est. 290 000), Gbarnga (est. 150 000), Kakata (est. 100 000), Harbel (est. 136 000)

Government:
Type: Republic.
Independence: 26 July 1847 (from American Colonization Society).
Constitution: 6 January 1986.

Geography:
Location: Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Cote d'Ivoire and Sierra Leone.
Area: 111,369 kmĀ² (43,000 sq. mi.).
Terrain: Three areas--Mangrove swamps and beaches along the coast, wooded hills and semideciduous shrublands along the immediate interior, low mountains in northeast, dense tropical forests and plateaus in the interior. Liberia has 40% of West Africa's rain forest.

Climate: tropical; hot, humid; in winter: dry with hot days and cool to cold nights; dust-laden harmattan winds blow from the Sahara (December to March) in summer: wet, cloudy with frequent heavy showers.

People:
Nationality: Liberian(s).
Population: 3.5 million (2008 census)
Ethnic groups: Kpelle 20%, Bassa 16%, Gio 8%, Kru 7%, 49% spread over 12 other ethnic groups.
Religions: Christian 40%, Animist 40%, Muslim 20%.
Languages: English (official). There are 16 indigenous languages.
Literacy: 20-40% (est).

Natural resources: Deposits of iron ore, rubber, timber, diamonds, gold and tin, hydropower; crude oil along Atlantic Coast.

Agriculture products: Coffee, cocoa, sugarcane, rice, cassava, palm oil, bananas, plantains, citrus, pineapple, sweet potatoes, corn, and vegetables.

Industries: Iron ore, rubber, palm oil processing, timber, diamonds, gold, beverages, construction.

Exports partners: Belgium 41.4%, Spain 11.6%, USA 9.1%, Malaysia 5.5%, Thailand 4.6%, Poland 4.6%, Germany 4.4% (2005)

Imports partners:
South Korea 37.9%, Japan 21.1%, Singapore 14.2%, Croatia 4.7% (2005)

Currency: Liberian Dollar (LRD)

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Liberia nad others.
 

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Official Sites of Liberia


Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICAT)
Official website with information about Liberia.


Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Site of the ministry.

Diplomatic Missions
Embassy of the Republic of Liberia
Embassy of Liberia, Washington, D.C., USA.
Liberian Diplomatic Missions Abroad
List of Liberian Diplomatic Missions Abroad.


Truth & Reconciliation Commission
The commission researches the root causes of the conflict in Liberia, and investigates human rights abuses that occurred between 1979 and 2003
TRC is expected to help restore the human dignity of victims and promote reconciliation, it will also recommend amnesty for the perpetrators under terms and conditions established by the TRC.


Maps

Map of Liberia
Political Map of Liberia.
Administrative Map of Liberia
Map of Liberia showing the country's administrative regions (countys).
Google Earth Google Earth Liberia
Searchable map/satellite view of Liberia.
Google Earth Google Earth Monrovia
Searchable map/satellite view of Liberia's capital city.

Political Map of Africa
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Map of Africa
A Relief Map of Africa.

 

News

The Analyst
Online Newspaper.
Heritage
News from Liberia.
The Liberian Times.com
US based online news.
The Liberian Connection
More headline news.
The Perspective
Monthly newsmagazine covers Liberian issues from politics to the environment.

allaboutliberia.com
Liberia news.
Liberian Post
Independent and non-political Internet Magazine, dedicated to the promotion of Liberia in west Africa.

TLC Africa.Com
Africa Internet Magazine with news from Liberia and West Africa.

Radio
STAR radio Liberia
An independant liberian radio station based in Monrovia.

International News Sources
allafrica.com - Liberia News
US based african news site.
IRIN News Liberia
UN agency with news from Liberia.
 

 

Arts & Culture

Sea Breeze
Quaterly magazin for Liberian literature, Liberian poetry, and Liberian arts.
 

 

Business & Economy

Central Bank of Liberia
The principal objective of the CBL is to achieve and maintain price stability in the Liberian economy.

Liberian Industrial Free Zone Authority (LIFZA)
LIFZA promotes economic growth and development within Liberia and provides incentives for corporations to establish themselves in Liberia.

Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry
One of the largest registries in the world, Liberia offers efficient, and tax effective offshore corporate registries.

LiberianPhoneBook.com
Yellow pages.
 
 

Destination Liberia - Country Guides

Discover Liberia, Counties: Bomi, Bong, Gbarpolu, Grand Bassa, Grand Cape Mount, Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru, Lofa, Margibi, Maryland, Montserrado, Nimba, River Cess, River Gee, and Sinoe.


Bong Town Community
Site about Liberia and the mining town Bong.

Liberia
Images and background information by Kevin McNulty.

Liberian Online
A Liberia portal site with the most comprehensive information about Liberia on the net.

Liberian Post
Independent and non-political Internet Magazine, dedicated to the promotion of Liberia in west Africa.

Coalition of Progressive Liberians, COPLA
A voice of the Liberian diaspora.

More Information about Liberia
Friends of Liberia
A network of people who care about the citizens of Africa's oldest republic.
Humanitarian Information Centre (HIC)
HIC page about its work and with county profiles for Liberia.
UNDP in Liberia
UN site about its work and the situation in Liberia.
 

Travel and Tour Consumer Information


Education

Cuttington University College
Official website of the college with its history, its current situation, and future, news and announcements are included.
University of Liberia
The new website of the university.
 
 

Environment & Nature

A Voice for the Forest and Its People
Silas Kpanan’Ayoung Siakor exposed evidence that former Liberia President Charles Taylor used the profits of unchecked, rampant logging to pay the costs of a brutal 14-year civil war that left 150 000 people dead.

Liberia Environmental Watch (LEW)
NGO advocates for the protection and restoration of Liberia’s environment.

Save My Future Foundation (SAMFU)
SAMFU's mission is to facilitate and promote participatory community-based sustainable natural and human resource management and development in Liberia.

Sustainable Development Institute
SDI a NGO focuses on natural resources and promotes equity in the sharing of benefits derived from resource exploitation.
 
 

History

The African-American Mosaic: Colonization
Records of the American Colonization Society (1817-1964), formed to send free African-Americans to Africa. In 1822, the society established on the west coast of Africa a colony that in 1847 became the independent nation of Liberia.
Bits of History of Liberia
American-Liberian history.
Discussion of Current Liberian History
Press releases and articles of current Liberian history (last update Dec. 2000).
Liberia: Past and Present of Africa's Oldest Republic
Comprehensive site about Liberia and Liberia's history until today.
Virtual Library: History Liberia
Page with links to online resources related to Liberia's history.
 

Additional Information about Liberia

Africa South of the Sahara: Liberia
BBC News Country Profile: Liberia
International Rescue Committee. Liberia
An MBendi Profile: Liberia
Open Directory Project: Liberia
Wikipedia: Liberia
The World Factbook -- Liberia
 
 

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