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Population: 7.075.641 people
Region: Western Africa (Search on Google maps)
Country Code: SL
Currencie(s): Sierra Leonean leone
Corruption: Sierra Leone has a corruption score of 70/100.
If your itinerary runs through Sierra Leone, watch out for muggers and beware of corrupt police officers. According to Transparency International, Sierra Leone scores average on the list of corrupt nations around the world.
Sierra Leone is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.82 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.
Experiencing the local culture is a huge part of travelling and trying traditional food is largely connected with that cultural experience. Visitors to the UK always want to eat fish and chips, Vietnamese pho is the big pull for travellers in Vietnam, and here in Belgium it’s all about fries. Supporting the local community is a really important aspect of travel. So please make sure you taste the national dish: Cassava Leaves
Drinking age: There is no age minimum age set.
The religous adherents are Muslim 60%, indigenous beliefs 30%, Christian 10%
From beautiful cathedrals in Italy to majestic temples in India, the world is filled with holy places that are important to the religions of the world. Maybe you are not religious yourself, or maybe you are visiting places where people celebrate different religions. Learning to look without gawking, see without ogling can be the difference between being accepted as a visitor, and being resented as an intruder. That's why we've written an article about the impact of religion on your travel plans.
This article also mentions how tattoo's, some style of clothing and other religous simbols can be extremely taboo.
Age of Consent: 18 years.
At the age of 18, an individual is considered mature enough in Sierra Leone to consent to sex. Sexual relations with someone under the Age of Consent are considered statutory rape.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is not legalized in Sierra Leone.
Sierra Leone scores a -5/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Please note: Certain cities, tourist areas and resorts can sometimes be LGBTQ+ friendly even when the laws in Sierra Leone are very anti-LGBTQ+. In all cases, do your research, check official government data for up-to-date news and if you feel apprehensive consider travelling to a more LGBTQ+ friendly country.
TIP: Think about the time difference before planning your trip. Imagine you’re finally in Sierra Leone – but all you want to do is sleep! Travelling into a different time zone can be a real burden. The only way to truly adjust in 24 hours or less is to prepare before you go, so check out our tips that outline how to quickly adjust to a new time zone.
Driving: Right-hand traffic.
Remember: this country uses the metric system. Depending where you're from - distances, speed, and liquid quantities might be differend from the system you're used to. Find out how you should convert this unit system.
Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug D / G
When travelling to Sierra Leone, electronic devices might be necessary to document the incredible sights or to stay in contact with friends and family members back home. Most electronics like Phones, laptop computers and hair tools do not come cheap, so it's incredibly important to make sure your device is compatible with this type of outlets - 230 V (50 Hz), Plug D / G. You can read our guide about travel adapters and converters to determine which types you need for your next trip!
Weather: Currently clear sky, with a temperature between 23 and 23°C (73.4 and 73.4°F)
Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 21.63 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So be carefull when travelling to Sierra Leone. Make sure you are prepared by reading our article about effective strategies for a healthier trip.
Planning a trip to Sierra Leone? Here is a list of 1 large airports you can fly to.
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