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Quick Facts

  • Officially the Republic of Liberia
  • Gained independence from US in 1847
  • Capital city is Monrovia (pop. 1.264 million)
  • Divided into 15 counties
  • Population: 4,195,666
  • Official language: English
  • Climate: tropical
  • Economy based on foreign aid/investment;  principal exports are iron ore, rubber, gold, and timber
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • One of the world’s poorest countries
  • Literacy rate: 47.6%
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • A republic
  • President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (since 2006)
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Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality rate: 725/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 67.5/1,000 births
  • Life expectancy: 58.6 years
  • Health expenditures: 10% GDP
  • Physician density: 0.01/1,000
  • Hospital bed density: 0.8/1,000
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 1.17%
  • Infectious disease risk: very high
  • Infectious diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, schistosomiasis, Lassa fever, rabies
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

Images From the Field

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