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Population numbers: 4.2 million
How many square miles: 43,000 square miles
Geography fast facts (uniqueness):
One of the most admired leaders in the world, Nelson Mandela was born in Liberia.
The second largest tropical rainforest in West Africa, the Sapo National park is located here. It has around 125 species of mammals. It is home to the rare pygmy hippopotamus.
After Haiti, Liberia is the world’s second Black Republic.
The country was not only founded but was colonized by American slaves who had been freed.
The Liberian flag is designed after the American flag. The eleven white and red stripes that it sports stand for the eleven people who signed the country’s Independence declaration.
Joseph Jenkins Roberts was an octoroon (he was one-eight black) was the first president of Liberia. He could easily have passed-off as a white man.
Liberia’s capital city, Monrovia was named after a United States’ president- James Monroe.
The country is literally a bird-haven. Liberia has 700 bird species which include a bird that is a wee bit larger than a honey bee- the bee warbler.
Oprah Winfrey had traced her ancestors back to the Liberian region of Kpelle.
George Weah a Liberian citizen was the only African to hold three prestigious sports titles in one single year- In 1995 he was named – African Footballer of the Year, FIFA World Player of the Year and European Footballer of the Year.
Capital City: Monrovia /mənˈroʊviə/ is the capital city of the West African country of Liberia. Located on the Atlantic Coast at Cape Mesurado, Monrovia had a population of 1,010,970 as of the 2008 census.
Religion: Religion in Liberia. According to the 2008 National Census, 85.5% of Liberia’s population practices Christianity. Muslims comprise 12.2% of the population, largely coming from the Mandingo and Vai ethnic groups. The vast majority of Muslims are Malikite Sunni, with sizeable Shia and Ahmadiyya minorities.