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Sierra Leone, Population

Krios, Temne, Creoles, Mende, black Africans

The population is composed predominantly of black Africans belonging to nearly 20 different ethnic groups. The largest groups are the Mende in the south and the Temne in the north. Creoles (also known in Sierra Leone as Krios) are descendants of freed slaves returned from the Americas. They form an important minority in the Freetown area, where small numbers of Lebanese, Indians, and Europeans also reside. Some 63 percent of the population lives in rural areas, many of them in the more than 29,000 settlements that include isolated, temporary homesteads.

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Krios, Temne, Creoles, Mende, black Africans, settlements, Europeans, Indians, Sierra Leone, Americas, different ethnic groups, rural areas, percent, population


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