Liberia Travel Overview

Liberia Travel Overview

At a glance

Capital: Monrovia

Official language: English

Currency: dollar

Continent: West Africa

The oldest republic in Africa

Liberia’s history is marked by conflict and is currently moving on a calm path


According to Countryaah, Liberia is a state in West Africa on the Atlantic Ocean. It borders with Sierra Leone, Guinea and the Ivory Coast.

Info Liberia

Liberia is the oldest republic in Africa. It was founded in 1822 by the “American Colonization Society”, which bought the land, to enter the United States freed slaves to resettle in Africa. The relationship between American Africans and locals dominates the country today. After ten years of civil war found in November 2005 for the first time again elections take place.

Sightseeing Liberia

Like many other countries in West Africa, Liberia has a great diversity of wildlife and large areas of pristine jungle. Its location near the equator favors swimming in the Atlantic, which is warmer than anywhere else in the world for most of the year.

Important facts

Capital: Monrovia

Official language: English


Currency (sub-unit)

Dollars (100 cents)

ISO 4217 code

LRD / 430


Continent: Africa

Region: west

Geo coordinates: N 6 ° 25 ’41 ” W -9 ° -25′ -46.2″

Highest mountain: Mount Wutewe (1,380 m)

Total area: 111,370 km²

Mainland: 96,320 km²

National border: 1,585 km

Coastline: 579 km


Dependency: independent since foundation

UN member since: 1945

Other political affiliation: African Union

Form of government: Military dictatorship


Liberia GDP - gross domestic product

Export goods: Iron ore, rubber, coffee

BSP: $ 574,000,000

GDP: $ 644,000,000

GDP purchasing power parity: $ 2,912,000,000

Economic growth: 5.6%

Foreign debt: $ 3,389,000,000

Electricity consumption: 505 million KWh

Oil consumption: 3,800 million m³

Cultivation area: 5.36%

Sheep: 197,000 pieces

Fishing: 10,000 t

Demographic data

Residents: 3,042,000

Residents in cities: 1,389,000

Average age: 18.1 years

0-14 years: 43.1%

15-64 years: 54.2%

> 65 years: 2.7%

Population growth: 4.91%

Birth rate: 44.77 / 1,000 residents

Death rate: 23.1 / 1,000 residents

Migration: 27.39 / 1,000 residents

Ratio men / women: 0.99

Fertility: 6.02 children / woman

Infant mortality: 155.76 ‰

Life expectancy men: 37.99 years

Life expectancy women: 41.35 years

Country codes and abbreviations

ISO 3166 Alpha 2: LR

ISO 3166 Alpha 3: LBR

ISO 3166 numeric: 430

Top Level Domain: lr

IOC country code: LBR


Source: Abbreviationfinder


Telephone connections: 17,000

Cell Phones: 12,000

Radios: 1,014,000

TV: 190,000

Computer: 900

Internet users: 2,900


Railway lines: 490 km

Paved roads: 1,480 km

Cars: 17,000

Merchant fleet (ships over 1,000 GRT): 1,687


Number of doctors: 300

Daily food intake: 1,980 kcal / resident

HIV- infected people: 105,000


Illiteracy: 41%


Foundation: 1847

Last sovereign since: 1847


Main religious group: Natural religions

Defense Spending: $ 42.7 million


Arriving by plane

Lufthansa (LH) flies to Monrovia in a code share with Brussels Airlines (SN).

Flight times

Airport charges are included in the ticket price.

Arrival by car

Liberia is best reached by car from Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire, but the roads are mostly impassable during the rainy season. The road in the northeast to Sierra Leone (via Kolahun and Kailahun) is currently closed.

Arrival by ship

Freight ships of European shipping companies with passenger cabins call at the Liberian ports of Monrovia, Buchanan, Greenville, Harper and Robertsport at irregular intervals.


Traveling by plane

There are over 60 runways for small aircraft and 53 airports, but they only have two asphalt runways.

On the way by car / bus

Car: You have to You can expect long driving times in traffic on the coastal roads, as the lagoons and estuaries are difficult to avoid. Redirects and delays are common. A road connects Monrovia with the eastern and western parts of the country. Paved roads that are in fair condition run from Monrovia to Roberts International Airport, the Sierra Leone border in Bo Waterside and the Guinea border in Ganta. Many roads have not yet been paved, and cars are also still rare. There are hardly any traffic lights and street lamps.

Bus: The bus connections between the cities are poor, the buses are overcrowded and in poor technical condition.

Rental cars
with and without a driver are available in Monrovia.

International driver’s license is recommended. A temporary driver’s license is issued upon presentation of the national driving license.

Traveling in the city

Minibuses operate in Monrovia. Taxis are available and tips are not common.

On the go by train

Currently no rail traffic.

On the way by ship

There is a ferry service between Monrovia and Buchanan and a weekly service between Harper and Greenville. Coastal ships sometimes carry passengers, but they only operate irregularly. Small boats are used as a means of transport and transportation on many of the country’s rivers.

Canoe safaris can be taken upriver from Greenville, a small coastal port (200 km southeast of Monrovia) from December to March.