Africa

Liberia Overview

Corrugated iron house by the sea

Liberia is Africa’s oldest republic. Today, the country is best known for the two long and brutal civil wars, with short interruptions from 1989 to 2003, and for the President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who was elected in 2005 and the first…
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Liberia Gender Relations

International Women's Day in Sinoe

Proportion of literate adults: 48.3% (2017, estimated) Major religions: Christian 85.6%, Muslim 12.2% Urban population: 51.6% (2019) Life expectancy (female / male): 64/62 years (2018) Gender Inequality Index: Rank 155 of 162 (2018) Number of births: 4.3 / woman (2019)…
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Living in Liberia

Internet access in Liberia

Everyday life & practical information Everyday life in Monrovia and the rural areas or small towns of Liberia is very different. The capital is often noisy with very heavy traffic, while the countryside and the smaller cities are relatively quiet….
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Travel to Liberia

Kekehs and cars in Monrovia

Entry and residence requirements With the exception of citizens of the ECOWAS countries, all travelers to Liberia need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months and a visa. The visa for German citizens is usually issued without…
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Liberia Culture

Church in Monrovia

Traditional culture History, religion and ethnicity play an important role in Liberia’s cultural life. The country’s extremely heterogeneous society has produced very different forms of cultural expression. The cultural values of the Americo-Liberian minority with their strong roots in the…
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German Organizations in Liberia

German Organizations in Liberia

According to estatelearning, Liberia is not a classic partner country of German development cooperation. However, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) supports financial and technical cooperation projects from the regional program ” Fragile States of West Africa…
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Liberia Mining

The search for diamonds in Liberia

The mining sector was largely responsible for Liberian economic growth from the 1960’s until the beginning of the war. The mining of iron ore was the most important branch of the mining industry, its exports made up 60 percent of…
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Liberia Agriculture

Liberia Palm wine harvest

Subsistence farming A substantial part of the Liberian population works in agriculture, especially women, who make up the majority of the workforce in this sector. A large proportion of agricultural production is used for food self-sufficiency. Nevertheless, a high proportion…
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Liberia Economy

Commercial street in the center of Monrovia

Estimated GDP: $ 3.2 billion (2018, IMF) Per capita income (purchasing power parity): $ 1,326 per year (2018, IMF, estimated) Human Development Rank (HDI): Rank 176 (out of 189), 2019 Proportion of poverty (less than $ 1.90 per day): 68.6%…
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Liberia Civil Wars

Liberia Civil Wars

Military coup and first civil war On April 12, 1980, the military, led by Sergeant Major Samuel Doe, launched a coup against the government. President Tolbert was assassinated along with other members of his cabinet. With Doe, for the first…
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Liberia History 1847–1980

Americo-Liberian rule

Americo-Liberian rule (1847–1980) The early decades of the young republic were marked by armed conflict with indigenous peoples and the annexation of the formerly independent Republic of Maryland in 1857. At the “Congo Conference” in Berlin in 1885, at which…
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Liberia Early History

Statue of President Roberts in Monrovia

Special features of the country’s history Liberia is the oldest republic on the continent. At the same time, besides Ethiopia, it is the only country in Africa that has never been under European colonial rule. The philanthropic American Colonization Society…
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Liberia Geography

A beach in Liberia

West African Liberia is located on the Atlantic coast between Sierra Leone and Côte d’Ivoire. In the north it borders on Guinea. The national territory covers 111,369 km². It is distributed over 96,320 km² of land area and 15,049 km²…
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