Liberia Travel Overview
At a glance
Official language: English
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.
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.
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.
Official language: English
Dollars (100 cents)
ISO 4217 code
LRD / 430
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
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
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
UN / LOCODE: LR
Telephone connections: 17,000
Cell Phones: 12,000
Internet users: 2,900
Railway lines: 490 km
Paved roads: 1,480 km
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
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).
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.
ON THE GO
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.
Documentation: 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.