COUNTRY FACTS

Liberia

 

liberia-flagQuick Facts

  • Continental region – West Africa
  • Currency symbol of Liberia-Liberian dollar (L$)
  • Capital City –Monrovia
  • Official languages – English
  • Population – 4,819,000 (2018)
  • Country dialling code  –  (+231 )
  • Official website Liberia
  • Top 3 biggest industries  –Mining, rubber processing, diamonds
  • Google Maps link –Liberia
  • Where is it? –Liberia is a country in West Africa, bordering Sierra Leone, Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire. On the Atlantic coast, the capital city of Monrovia is home to the Liberia National Museum, with its exhibits on national culture and history.

Liberia In Pictures

A view of a lake in Bomi County

A view of a lake in Bomi County

Helmet Mask

Helmet Mask

Highway from Monrovia to Gbarnga

Highway from Monrovia to Gbarnga

Liberian capital Monrovia

Liberian capital Monrovia

Mount Zion Baptist Church

Mount Zion Baptist Church

Port of Fanti Town

Port of Fanti Town

Robertsport

Robertsport

Sapo National Park

Sapo National Park

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The_dancing_men_of_Liberia


Liberia History

  • How did the country get its first name? –Liberia. An independent republic on the west coast of Africa. The word is derived from the Latin liber, free, and the Celtic suffix ia, country.
  • When and by whom the country was first discovered? -Jehudi Ashmun in 1822
  • Who were the first Inhabitants? – Liberia’s first inhabitants were ancestors of the Gola and Kissi peoples from north-central Africa who arrived as early as the 12th century. They were joined by the Kruan people (Kru, Kuwaa, Bassa, Krahn and Dei ethnic groups), moving in from the north and east.
  • When it was first recognized as a country? –The United States recognized the Republic of Liberia on September 23, 1862.
  • Who was the first leader of the country? –Joseph Jenkins Roberts (1809–1876), a wealthy Monrovia merchant who had emigrated in 1829 from Petersburg, Virginia, became the first black ACS governor of Liberia in 1841. In 1848, he was elected the first president of an independent Liberia.

Five Significant Events 

  1. 1847 Event Independence: Liberia becomes independent. (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-13732188)
  1. 1917 Event War: Liberia declares war on Germany, giving the Allies a base in West Africa.(https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-13732188)
  1. 1943 Event Elections: William Tubman elected president. (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-13732188)
  1. 1974 Event Soviet Union: Government accepts aid from the Soviet Union for the first time. (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-13732188)
  1. 1980 Event Public Execution: Master Sergeant Samuel Doe carries out military coup. President Tolbert and 13 of his aides are publicly executed. A People’s Redemption Council headed by Doe suspends constitution and assumes full powers. (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-13732188)

Five Places to Visit in Liberia

  1. Monrovia: Frenetic, smooth and sophisticated (at least in its own, very West African way), Monrovia is home to more than one million Liberians. The largest city in the country, it is a place of great energy. Rumbling bush taxis float over the pot-holed roads around the centre, while the bustling boulevard of Broad Street, nestled between the meanders of the Mesurado River and the Atlantic Ocean, is a picture of life. (https://www.thecrazytourist.com/15-best-places-visit-liberia/5/)    
  1. Sapo National Park: Unquestionably the most famous of Liberia’s duo of national parks comes in the form of the Sapo National Park. This 1,804 square kilometre territory of the Upper Guinean Rainforest is said to have one of the highest mammal biodiversity counts of anywhere in the world. (https://www.thecrazytourist.com/15-best-places-visit-liberia/5/)
  1. Robertsport: The king of all Liberia’s surfing spots (and there are quite a few), Robertsport has positioned itself firmly on the forefront of the country’s new tourism drive. Long-haired wave riders with board wax in hand now flock to join the surfing troupes and hit the rolling Atlantic swells that buffet the likes of Fisherman’s Point, Cotton Trees and Cassava. (https://www.thecrazytourist.com/15-best-places-visit-liberia/5/)
  1. Buchanan: Located around just three hours by rumbling bush taxi south out of the capital at Monrovia, the seaside city of Buchanan is a fine introduction to the coastal character of this part of West Africa. The beaches are all undeveloped to the T, with swaying palm trees and groups of local children playing in the shallows. (https://www.thecrazytourist.com/15-best-places-visit-liberia/5/)
  1. Gbarnga: Gbarnga might seem just another of the sprawling ramshackle towns that sprout from the sweeping mud plains and forests of inland Liberia, but this regional capital of Bong County has just a little more history and heritage up its sleeve than most. For one, it was the place where the infamous political and rebel leader Charles Taylor coordinated actions of various civil wars across the area during the 1980s and 90s. (https://www.thecrazytourist.com/15-best-places-visit-liberia/5/)

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