Imports$1.314 billion (2011 est.)
Exports$472.3 million (2011 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices)18% (2011 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$900 (2011 est.)
National product real growth rate5.2% (2010 est.)
Internet users14,900 (2009)
Telephones - mobile cellular2 million (2009)
Population growth rate2.277% (2012 est.)
Population5,485,998 (July 2012 est.)
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Democracy is slowly being reestablished after the civil war from 1991 to 2002 that resulted in tens of thousands of deaths and the displacement of more than 2 million people (about a third of the population).
The military, which took over full responsibility for security following the departure of UN peacekeepers at the end of 2005, is increasingly developing as a guarantor of the country's stability.
The armed forces remained on the sideline during the 2007 presidential election but still look to the UN Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL) - a civilian UN mission - to support efforts to consolidate peace....
Sierra Leone is an extremely poor nation with tremendous inequality in income distribution.
While it possesses substantial mineral, agricultural, and fishery resources, its physical and social infrastructure has yet to recover from the civil war, and serious social disorders continue to hamper economic development.
Nearly half of the working-age population engages in subsistence agriculture....
The Economist Intelligence Unit
OVERVIEW The overwhelming victory of the ruling All People's Congress in the 2012 elections and the consolidation of the peace-building process will foster political stability, although ethno-regional ...
Dun and Bradstreet (Altares)
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Country Watch Inc.
Sierra Leone Country Review is a concise and meaningful source of country-specific information, containing fundamental demographic, social, political, economic, investment and environmental information ...
GDP growth in 2012 is now estimated to have been about 15%, driven by rising iron ore output and exports as Chinese-backed African Minerals and London Mining started to develop some of the world's richest ...
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