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Atlas Liberia

Country (long form)
Republic of Liberia
Capital
Monrovia
Total Area
43,000.20 sq mi
111,370.00 sq km
Population
3,164,156 (July 2000 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050
9,999,831
Languages
English 20% (official), some 20 ethnic group languages, of which a few can be written and are used in correspondence
Literacy
38.3% total, 53.9% male, 22.4% female (1995 est.)
Religions
indigenous beliefs 40%, Christian 40%, Muslim 20%
Life Expectancy
49.6 male, 52.49 female (2000 est.)
Government Type
republic
Currency
1 Liberian dollar (L$) = 100 cents
GDP (per capita)
$1,000 (1999 est.)
Labor Force (by occupation)
agriculture 70%, industry 8%, services 22% (1999 est.)
Industry
rubber processing, palm oil processing, diamonds
Agriculture
rubber, coffee, cocoa, rice, cassava (tapioca), palm oil, sugarcane, bananas; sheep, goats; timber
Arable Land
1%
Exports
diamonds, iron ore, rubber, timber, coffee, cocoa
Imports
fuels, chemicals, machinery, transportation equipment, manufactured goods; rice and other foodstuffs
Natural Resources
iron ore, timber, diamonds, gold, hydropower
Current Environmental Issues
tropical rain forest subject to deforestation; soil erosion; loss of biodiversity; pollution of coastal waters from oil residue and raw sewage
Telephones (main lines in use)
5,000 (1995)
Telephones (mobile cellular)
0 (1995)
Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
N/A

The mess that is Liberia's civil war seems to be on the mend but the country is still no place to go for a beach holiday. There is sporadic looting as well as bursts of shooting in pockets of the country, including Monrovia. The future for the troubled West African country is uncertain.