Sierra Leone

Capital Freetown

Population 7,075,641

Area 71,740 km2

Key facts

Sierra Leone is a country located in Western Africa. There are 2 countries (Guinea, Liberia) that Sierra Leone shares its borders with.

English is an official language in Sierra Leone. It means that if you speak it, you would be able to communicate with almost everyone. If not, it is highly recommended that you acquire some basic English before traveling to Sierra Leone.

The national currency in Sierra Leone is Sierra Leonean leone (SLL). The leone (Le) is subdivided into 100 cent (c).

With today’s currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 21036.43 SLL and 1 USD is worth 19595 SLL.

Sierra Leonean
Banknotes

Le1000Le2000Le5000Le10000

Sierra Leonean
Coins

Le10Le50Le100Le500

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Sierra Leone is 19.13 Mbps and mobile is Mbs.The global average is 150.61 Mbps and 97.08 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density It may be difficult to locate an ATM in Sierra Leone.0.36 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Sierra Leone, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Sierra Leone. Type D is not very common around the world, so it might be a good idea to check if your electronics need an adapter.

Type D 230 V, 50 Hz  Type G 230 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in Sierra Leone?

There are no Mariott hotels in Sierra Leone.

There are no Hilton hotels in Sierra Leone.

There are no IHG hotels in Sierra Leone.

There are no Best Western hotels in Sierra Leone.

There are Radisson hotels in Freetown.

There are no Accor hotels in Sierra Leone.

What fast food chains are present in Sierra Leone?

The McDonald’s chain does not operate in Sierra Leone.

The KFC chain does not operate in Sierra Leone.

The Burger King chain does not operate in Sierra Leone.

The Subway chain does not operate in Sierra Leone.

The Domino’s Pizza chain does not operate in Sierra Leone.

The Starbucks chain does not operate in Sierra Leone.

Weather

What is the weather like in Freetown?

Today the sun in Freetown, rises at 7:11 AM and sets at 7:02 PM. The climate of Freetown may be categorized as a equatorial monsoon (Am), according to Koppen’s classification system.

TodayFeb 9OvercastLow: 25.8°C (78.44°F)High: 28.4°C (83.12°F)
FridayFeb 10OvercastLow: 25°C (77°F)High: 31.3°C (88.34°F)
SaturdayFeb 11OvercastLow: 25.6°C (78.08°F)High: 29.9°C (85.82°F)
SundayFeb 12OvercastLow: 26°C (78.8°F)High: 33.8°C (92.84°F)
MondayFeb 13OvercastLow: 25.9°C (78.62°F)High: 34.1°C (93.38°F)
TuesdayFeb 14Partly cloudlyLow: 25.4°C (77.72°F)High: 30.8°C (87.44°F)

Weather data for Freetown (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are no passenger trains available.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps Unfortunately neither Uber nor Bolt are available in Sierra Leone.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are not available in Sierra Leone.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 4.4, Sierra Leone is placed 80th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Sierra Leone traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  171.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2008.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 33.00 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 2: Exercise increased caution. 

Emergency phones in Sierra Leone

019 Police
999 Ambulance
999 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban No known rules against smoking, or no information is available.

Cananbis legality Both recreational and medicinal use of cannabis is prohibited.

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