Liberia

Liberia Overview

Liberia is the oldest republic in sub-Saharan Africa. Freed slaves who were sent there by a colonisation society in the United States founded the country on the west coast of Africa. The name Liberia is derived from a Latin phrase meaning free land.

Liberia’s land features include mountains, forested plateaus, and a rugged coastline.

CLIMATE

Liberia’s climate is hot and humid. The average annual temperature is 80 °F (27 °C) along the coast. Most of Liberia has a dry season and a rainy season. On the coast, the dry season lasts from December to March. However, the dry season lasts longer in inland areas of the country. Annual rainfall on the coast averages 200 inches.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Monrovia
POPULATION: 3.3 million
LANGUAGE: English
CURRENCY: Liberian Dollar
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 120V, 60Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +231
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +0

TRAVEL WARNING

We advise against all but essential travel to areas of Liberia outside the capital, Monrovia. You should be aware that the ability of the national authorities and the UN to provide emergency assistance outside Monrovia is limited and it is recommended that you do not travel overnight outside Monrovia. You should not travel to Liberia unless you have made adequate security arrangements with a reliable organisation in advance of your arrival. You should also check the security situation before travelling to any part of the country.

Violent crime is prevalent in Monrovia, particularly after dark. We recommend that you do not walk anywhere in Monrovia at night.

Information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK www.fco.gov.uk