Liberia or the Republic of Liberia is a West African country bordered by Guinea to its north, Sierra Leone to its west and Côte d'Ivoire to its east. Over thirty indigenous languages are spoken in the country. The more sparsely populated inland consists of forests opening onto a plateau of drier grasslands. The coastline is composed mostly of mangroves.
In the 1940s, the country began to modernize after following investment by the United States during World War II. The country also experienced economic liberalization under President William Tubman in this era.
Liberian dollar (LRD)
111,369 square km (43,000 square miles)
Liberian Kreyol language (Vernacular Liberian English)
Climate and geography
The country is situated in West Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean to the country's southwest. The latitudinal extent is 4° and 9° N, and longitudinal extent is 7° and 12° W.
Flat to rolling coastal plains characterize the landscape. These plains contain mangroves and swamps, which rise to a rolling plateau and low mountains in the northeast. As far as climate is concerned, the equatorial climate is hot round the year with heavy rainfall from May to October with a short interlude in mid-July to August.