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Country (long form) Republic of Liberia
Capital Monrovia
Total Area 43,000.20 sq mi
111,370.00 sq km
(slightly larger than Tennessee)
Population 3,225,837 (July 2001 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050 9,999,831
Languages English 20% (official), some 20 ethnic group languages, of which a few can be written and are used in correspondence
Literacy 38.3% total, 53.9% male, 22.4% female (1995 est.)
note: these figures are increasing because of the improving school system
Religions indigenous beliefs 40%, Christian 40%, Muslim 20%
Life Expectancy 49.96 male, 52.91 female (2001 est.)
Government Type republic
Currency 1 Liberian dollar (L$) = 100 cents
GDP (per capita) $1,100 (2000 est.)
Industry rubber processing, palm oil processing, diamonds
Agriculture rubber, coffee, cocoa, rice, cassava (tapioca), palm oil, sugarcane, bananas; sheep, goats; timber
Arable Land 1%
Natural Resources iron ore, timber, diamonds, gold, hydropower
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Geography of Liberia

Liberia, or Republic of Liberia, a republic on the west coast of Africa. Liberia's name, from the Latin word for “free,” reflects the country's origin as a haven for freed slaves from the United States.

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History of Liberia

Liberia was founded as a home for freed slaves in 1822 by the American Colonization Society, after several earlier attempts met with failure.