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currency: Liberian dollar (LRD)
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facing the Atlantic Ocean, the coastline is characterized by lagoons, mangrove swamps, and river-deposited sandbars;
the inland grassy plateau supports limited agriculture
Liberia history
Settlement of freed slaves from the US in what is today Liberia began in 1822; by 1847, the Americo-Liberians were able to establish a republic. William TUBMAN, president from 1944-71, did much to promote foreign investment and to bridge the economic, social, and political gaps between the descendents of the original settlers and the inhabitants of the interior. In 1980, a military coup led by Samuel DOE ushered in a decade of authoritarian rule. In December 1989, Charles TAYLOR launched a rebellion against DOE's regime that led to a prolonged civil war in which DOE himself was killed. A period of relative peace in 1997 allowed for elections that brought TAYLOR to power, but major fighting resumed in 2000. An August 2003 peace agreement ended the war and prompted the resignation of former president Charles TAYLOR, who faces war crimes charges in The Hague related to his involvement in Sierra Leone's civil war. After two years of rule by a transitional government, democratic elections in late 2005 brought President Ellen JOHNSON SIRLEAF to power. She subsequently won reelection in 2011 in a second round vote that was boycotted by the opposition and remains challenged to build Liberia's economy and reconcile a nation still recovering from 14 years of fighting. The United Nations Security Council in September 2012 passed Resolution 2066 which calls for a reduction of UN troops in Liberia by half by 2015, bringing the troop total down to fewer than 4000, and challenging Liberia's security sector to fill the gaps.
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Conventional long form: Republic of Liberia
Conventional short form: Liberia
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Liberia's capital city is Monrovia
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Liberia Constitution:
6 January 1986
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Liberia population growth rate: 3%
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Liberia highest point: Mount Wuteve 1,380 m
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Liberia lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
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About 3% of Liberia's land is arable.
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Cavalla River is the Longest River in Liberia
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Liberia birth rate is 36 births/1,000 population
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Liberia infant mortality rate is 73 deaths/1,000 live births
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Liberia fertility rate is 4.92 children born/woman
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Liberia climate:
hot, humid;
dry winters with hot days and cool to cold nights;
wet, cloudy summers with frequent heavy showers
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Top 10 cities of Liberia with populations (2012 est.) are:
1. Monrovia: 939,524
2. Gbarnga: 45,835
3. Kakata: 33,945
4. Bensonville: 33,188
5. Harper: 32,661
6. Voinjama: 26,594
7. Buchanan: 25,731
8. Zwedru: 25,678
9. New Yekepa: 24,695
10. Greenville: 16,434
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Liberia ethnic groups:
Kpelle - 20.3%
Bassa - 13.4%
Grebo - 10%
Gio - 8%
Mano - 7.9%
Kru - 6%
Lorma - 5.1%
Kissi - 4.8%
Gola - 4.4%
Other - 20.1%
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Liberia Imports:
transportation equipment,
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bicameral National Assembly consists of the Senate (30 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve nine-year terms) and the House of Representatives (73 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve six-year terms)

Administrative Divisions:
There are 15 counties.
They are:
1. Bomi
2. Bong
3. Gbarpolu
4. Grand Bassa
5. Grand Cape Mount
6. Grand Gedeh
7. Grand Kru
8. Lofa
9. Margibi
10. Maryland
11. Montserrado
12. Nimba
13. River Cess
14. River Gee
15. Sinoe
Political parties and leaders:
Alliance for Peace and Democracy (APD) - Togba-na TIPOTEH
Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) - George WEAH
Liberty Party (LP) - Charles BRUMSKINE
National Patriotic Party (NPP) - Roland MASSAQUOI
Unity Party (UP) - Varney SHERMAN