Sierra Leone: Introduction

Sierra Leone is a country in Western Africa with a coast on the Atlantic Ocean. Neighboring countries include Guinea and Liberia. The geography includes swamps and beaches, wooded hills, and mountains in the interior. The government system is a constitutional democracy. The chief of state and head of government is the President. Sierra Leone has a largely traditional economy in which the majority of the population engages in subsistence agriculture and direct government involvement in economic activity limits private sector development. Sierra Leone is a member of the African Union (AU), African Economic Community (AEC), and the Economic Community of Western African States (ECOWAS).