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Liberia Country Profile
Note: All figures are 2001 unless stated otherwise


Area 111,370 sq km
Capital Monrovia
Currency Liberian dollar
Population (2002) 3,295,000
Population Growth Rate 1.67%
Birth Rate 45.28 births/1,000 population
Death Rate 17.84 deaths/1,000 population
Infant Mortality Rate 132.18 deaths/1,000 live births
Life Expectancy at Birth 48.15 years
Ethnic Groups indigenous African tribes 95%, Congo People 2.5% (descendants of immigrants from the Caribbean who had been slaves)
Religions indigenous beliefs 40%, Christian 40%, Muslim 20%
Languages English 20% (official), some 20 ethnic group languages, of which a few can be written and are used in correspondence
Literacy 57.5%
GNI per capita* (2002) $150
Population Below Poverty Line 80%
Industries rubber processing, palm oil processing, timber, diamonds
Debt - external $2.1 billion
* Gross National Income in United States dollars per citizen.