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Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Language Stats

Definitions

STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
English status Used in administration, law, education, commerce. Official language. Bible 1535-1989. 1989
Languages English (official, regular use limited to literate minority), Mende (principal vernacular in the south), Temne (principal vernacular in the north), Krio (English-based Creole, spoken by the descendants of freed Jamaican slaves who were settled in the Freetown area, a lingua franca and a first language for 10% of the population but understood by 95%) 2008
Linguistic diversity index 0.817 2009 27th out of 200
Major language(s) English, Krio (Creole language derived from English) and a range of African languages 2013

Citation

"Sierra Leone Language Stats", NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/profiles/Sierra-Leone/Language