Liberia is a country in Western Africa. It is bordered by Sierra Leone to the west, Guinea to the north, Ivory Coast to the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the Southwest.
The capital and largest city of Liberia is Monrovia.
The official language of Liberia is English.
Few facts about Liberia
Liberia is one of the world’s youngest countries. According to the CIA World Factbook, the average age of its citizens is 17.9 years. By way of comparison, a typical resident of Monaco, the world’s most elderly country, is 51.1.
The Liberian flag is designed after the American flag. The eleven white and red stripes that it sports stand for the eleven people who signed the country’s Independence declaration. The white start symbolizes unity.
The country is literally a bird-haven. Liberia has 700 bird species which include a bird that is a wee bit larger than a honey bee- the bee warbler.
Oprah Winfrey had traced her ancestors back to the Liberian region of Kpelle.
George Weah a Liberian citizen and the president of Liberia was the only African to hold three prestigious sports titles in one single year- In 1995 he was named – African Footballer of the Year, FIFA World Player of the Year and European Footballer of the Year.
Nelson Mandela, one of the most admired world’s icons, once called Weah ‘The Pride of Africa’.
One of the largest tropical rainforests in West Africa, the Sapo National park is located here. It has around 125 species of mammals, including a number of rare and threatened species, such as the pygmy hippopotamus and the African golden cat. You’ll also find African forest elephants, giant forest hogs, chimpanzees, duiker, crocodiles, leopards, seven species of monkey and three species of pangolin
Several surfing beaches can be found in and around Monrovia, but the coastal town of Robertsport, around 50 miles from the capital, has been described as the greatest undiscovered surf spot in Africa, offering vast stretches of deserted beaches.
Liberia in 2014 became the first African nation to agree to completely stop logging in an effort to halt deforestation.
More than 30 indigenous languages are spoken in Liberia. However, each of these languages is spoken by only a small percentage of the Liberian population. English is the country’s official language.
It is easier to start a business in Liberia than it is in the UK, the US, and South Africa. According to the World Bank’s 2014 Doing Business Report, Liberia ranked 30th in the ease of starting a business while the UK, US, and South Africa were ranked 45, 46, and 61 respectively.
Liberia has the second largest number of chimpanzees in the world at 7000.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was actually the second female head of state in Africa. Ruth Sando Perry was Africa’s first female head of state when appointed as head of the National Transitional Government of Liberia in 1996. However, Sirleaf is the first elected female head of state.
The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, wrote “Liberian Girl,” about a possibly fictional romantic encounter with a girl from Liberia. In its opening lines, the song actually uses Swahili, a language not spoken in Liberia.
Solomon Carter Fuller, the first African psychiatrist in the US, was born and raised in Liberia.
Liberia is one of the few countries, along with the US that celebrates Thanksgiving Day. In Liberia, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the 1st Thursday of November while in the US, it is the 4th Thursday.
Liberia is a home to two female Nobel laureates.
Liberia is among the 20 countries on Earth that smoke the fewest cigarettes per capita – just 104 per adult per year.