"Sierra Leona, oficialmente la República de Sierra Leona (en inglés: Republic of Sierra Leone; en krio: Sa Lon o Sa Lone) es un país de África occidental. Limita al norte con Guinea, al sureste con Liberia y al suroeste con el océano Atlántico. Su nombre es una adaptación de la versión en portugués: Serra Leoa, cuyo significado era "Sierra/Montaña Leona". Durante el siglo XVIII fue un importante centro de tráfico de esclavos. Al igual que su país vecino Liberia, Sierra Leona fue fundada principalmente para establecer a esclavos liberados, los cuales fundaron la capital del país, Freetown, en 1791. En 1808, Freetown pasó a ser una colonia de la Corona británica, pasando el resto del país bajo el protectorado británico en 1896. La colonia y el protectorado se unieron para conseguir la independencia en el año 1961. Entre el año 1991 y el año 2001, Sierra Leona ha sufrido las consecuencias de una devastadora guerra civil. Sierra Leona es uno de los países asolados por la epidemia de ébola de 2014 junto a Liberia y Guinea, en cuyos países han muerto más de 4.500 personas en total."
"Sierra Leone (/sr loni, -lon/), officially the Republic of Sierra Leone, is a country in West Africa. It is bordered by Guinea on the north, Liberia in the south-east, and the Atlantic Ocean in the south-west. Sierra Leone has a tropical climate, with a diverse environment ranging from savannah to rainforests. Sierra Leone has a total area of 71,740 km2 (27,699 sq mi) and a population of 7,075,641 (based on 2015 national census). Sierra Leone is divided into four geographical regions: the Northern Province, Eastern Province, Southern Province and the Western Area, which are subdivided into fourteen districts. Freetown is the capital, largest city and its economic and political centre. Bo is the second largest city. The other major cities are Kenema, Makeni, and Koidu Town. About sixteen ethnic groups inhabit Sierra Leone, each with its own language and customs. The two largest and most influential are the Temne and the Mende people. The Temne are predominantly found in the north of the country, while the Mende are predominant in the south-east. Although English is the official language spoken at schools and government administration, the Krio language is the most widely spoken language across Sierra Leone and is spoken by 97% of the country's population. The Krio language unites all the different ethnic groups in the country, especially in their trade and social interaction with each other. Sierra Leone is a predominantly Muslim country, though with an influential Christian minority. Sierra Leone is regarded as one of the most religiously tolerant nations in the world. Muslims and Christians collaborate and interact with each other peacefully. Religious violence is very rare in the country. Sierra Leone has relied on mining, especially diamonds, for its economic base. It is also among the largest producers of titanium and bauxite, a major producer of gold, and has one of the world's largest deposits of rutile. Sierra Leone is home to the third-largest natural harbour in the world. Despite exploitation of this natural wealth, 70% of its people live in poverty. Sierra Leone became independent in 1961. Government corruption and mismanagement of the country's natural resources contributed to the Sierra Leone Civil War (1991 to 2002), which for more than a decade devastated the country. This proxy war left more than 50,000 people dead, much of the country's infrastructure destroyed, and over two million people displaced as refugees in neighbouring countries. More recently, the 2014 Ebola outbreak overburdened the weak healthcare infrastructure, leading to more deaths from medical neglect than Ebola itself. It created a humanitarian crisis situation and a negative spiral of weaker economic growth. The country has an extremely low life expectancy at 57.8 years. Sierra Leone is a member of many international organisations, including the United Nations, the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Mano River Union, the Commonwealth of Nations, the African Development Bank, and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation."