*  Located on the West coast of Africa

*  Official name: Republic of Liberia

*  Capital: Monrovia (named after James Monroe- US President)

*  Independence: July 26, 1847

*  Geography: Mostly flat to rolling plains and low mountains.
*  Tropical  rainforests cover the hills
*  Elephant grass and semi-deciduous forests make up northern section. 
*  Numerous waterways cover the land

*  Hot equatorial climate, with significant rainfall during the May to October 

*  English is the official language, while 30+ indigenous languages are spoken

*  Government: Unitary Presidential Constitutional Republic. 

*  The government of Liberia is modeled after the United States government 

*  Liberia was founded in 1822 by former slaves with the help of the American Colonization Society.

*  Liberia imports 90% of its rice, a staple food, and is extremely vulnerable to food shortages.

*  Liberia was a founding member of the United Nations and the Organization of African Unity, now called the African Union.



* As of 2013, the literacy rate in Liberia is still under 60% (with a higher percentage for males).

* Primary and secondary education is free and compulsory from ages 6-16, though there is minimal enforcement of attendance.

* On average, children attain 10 years of education (11 years for boys and 8 for girls)

* The country’s education sector is hampered by inadequate schools and supplies, as well as a lack of qualified teachers.

* The University of Liberia is the country’s largest and oldest university, opened in 1862 and today has six colleges, including a medical school and the nation’s only law school.    

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