The country's neighbours include Guinea and Liberia.
It covers an area of 71,740 sq km.
Its population is estimated to be about 6.2 million.
The vast majority of Sierra Leone’s export revenue is generated from mining. The main minerals are bauxite, iron ore, gold, rutile (titanium oxide) and diamonds.
GDP growth forecast
Sierra Leone registered 16.3% real GDP growth in 2013, compared with 15.2% in 2012, according to the African Economic Outlook 2014 report. Real GDP growth is expected to be lower, but still impressive, in 2014 at 13.8% and 11.6% for 2015.
The GDP growth rate follows increases in annual iron ore production and exports, as well increased productivity in sectors such as agriculture and construction, and continued...