About Sierra Leone
The West African nation of Sierra Leone shares its land borders with Guinea and Liberia, and has a considerable expanse of Atlantic coastline. The country has a tropical climate with environments ranging from rainforests to savannah, lowland plains and grasslands. The eastern part of the country also features a wide plateau with mountainous regions dispersed across it.
Mining has formed the basis of the country’s economy for decades, with Sierra Leone among the world’s biggest producers of bauxite and titanium. Large deposits of rutile and gold are also found in the region, making it particularly popular with those operating or working within these industries.
As well as these strong modern attractions, Sierra Leone also boasts a vibrant history that dates back a considerable amount of time. According to archaeological evidence, the country has been inhabited continuously for at least 2,500 years with migrants from other parts of the African continent responsible for the continual population.
Although it gained independence from Britain in 1961, Sierra Leone has maintained historical ties with the UK and other former British colonies by being a member of the Commonwealth of Nations.This gives it strong and convenient trade links with many British territories while good relations also exist with other parts of the West, including the USA, and diplomatic relations exist with China, Libya, Iran and Cuba amongst other countries.