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Sierra Leone Flag

Shop for authentic Sierra Leone Flags. We offer indoor and outdoor Sierra Leone flags in durable nylon. Our outdoor flags are finished with a canvas heading, while indoor flags are finished with a lined pole hem and your choice of with or without fringe. We also offer indoor and outdoor Sierra Leone flag sets. In addition to the flags we offer for purchase, we maintain an archive of the audio for the Sierra Leone National Anthem, historical information about the Sierra Leone flag, and demographic data about Sierra Leone

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History of the Sierra Leone Flag

The Sierra Leone Flag features three horizontal bands in the colors of green, white and blue. The green color represents the country's natural resources, which include its agriculture and the mountains. The white color represents peace and justice and the blue color represents the harbor of Freetown and the country’s hope for world peace. The Sierra Leone Flag was adopted on April 27th, 1961, the same year in which it became an independent country.

Sierra Leone, which is often referred to as "Salone" is a small country in West Africa that shares borders with Guinea, Liberia and the Atlantic Ocean. Its capital city is known as Freetown and is next to the Sierra Leone harbor, which is the third largest natural harbor in the world. Sierra Leone is made up of five administrative regions, which are, The Northern Province, North Western Province, Eastern Province, Southern Province, and Western Area. It is one of the smallest countries in Western Africa and is also known as the "Little Jewel in West Africa."

Sierra Leone is a country that has been inhabited for around 2,500 years. It was discovered in 1462 by the Portuguese explorer, Pedro de Sintra. He gave the country the name "Serra Leon" which translates as "Lioness Mountain" due to the formation of them.

Following the discovery of Sierra Leone, Portuguese traders soon began to arrive and the harbor in Freetown, as well as other Europeans, including the Dutch and the French. The Europeans set up trade here and it became the main base for all the countries trading slaves. In 1787, following the American Revolutionary War, the British found a settlement, known as "Province of Freedom." It was used to home some of the "Black Poor of London," who were African-American slaves that the British had managed to free during the war. In 1807, Sierra Leone became a British colony as the British made the slave trade illegal. Sierra Leone remained a British colony until it gained independence in 1961.

Sierra Leone's economy is mainly reliant on mining, especially diamonds. On February 14th, 1972, the world's third biggest diamond was discovered in Sierra Leone and is known as the "Star of Sierra Leone." The country is also a major producer of gold. Tourism is an industry that is gradually growing as the country does boast some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and is also visited for its mountains. The two islands that are popular and visited often are the Banana Islands and Turtle Island. The Banana Islands are made up of three islands, which are, Dublin, Ricketts, and Mes-Meheux. The island of Mes-Meheux is uninhabited and the island of Dublin is home to the best beaches, while the island of Ricketts is home to the best forests. The Banana Islands are only reachable by boat, ferry, or helicopter.

Geographic Coordinates
8 30 N, 11 30 W
Area
71,740 sq km
Population
5,245,695
Life Expectancy
55.69 years
Government Type
Constitutional Democracy
Capital
Freetown
GDP
$4.622 billion (2009 est.)
Currency
Leone (SLL)
Calling Code
+232
Internet TLD
.sl

Sierra Leone National Anthem

High We Exalt Thee, Realm of the Free

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Lyrics

High we exalt thee, realm of the free;
Great is the love we have for thee;
Firmly united ever we stand,
Singing thy praise, O native land.
We raise up our hearts and our voices on high,
The hills and the valleys re-echo our cry;
Blessing and peace be ever thine own,
Land that we love, our Sierra Leone.

One with a faith that wisdom inspires,
One with a zeal that never tires;
Ever we seek to honour thy name,
Ours is the labour, thine the fame.
We pray that no harm on thy children may fall,
That blessing and peace may descend on us all;
So may we serve thee ever alone,
Land that we love, our Sierra Leone.

Knowledge and truth our forefathers spread,
Mighty the nations whom they led;
Mighty they made thee, so too may we
Show forth the good that is ever in thee.
We pledge our devotion, our strength and our might,
Thy cause to defend and to stand for thy right;
All that we have be ever thine own,
Land that we love, our Sierra Leone.