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Freetown
constitutional democracy
71740 km2
6294774 (July 2008 est.) / 87/km2
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$ 700 (2007 est.)
0.336 (2005)
English (official, regular use limited to literate minority), Mende (principal vernacular in the south), Temne (principal vernacular in the north), Krio (English-based Creole, spoken by the descendants of freed Jamaican slaves who were settled in the Freetown area, a lingua franca and a first language for 10% of the population but understood by 95%)
Muslim 60%, Christian 10%, indigenous beliefs 30%
tropical; hot, humid; summer rainy season (May to December); winter dry season (December to April)
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