Hinduism in Sierra Leone

Hinduism in Sierra Leone is the religion of some South Asian expatriates.[1] Hindus in Sierra Leone are primarily of South Asian descent and are usually traders.[2] There were 3,550 Hindus (0.05%) in Sierra Leone in the year 2015 according to ARDA.[3]

Freetown, the capital and principal city of Sierra Leone, has a large Hindu community, including a Hindu association and a priest. Hindus are allowed cremation in Freetown.[4]

Following the exodus of expatriates in 1999 during the Sierra Leone civil war, the Indian community numbers dwindled to about 1500, mostly businessmen of Sindhi origin.[5]

DemographicsEdit

Historical Population
YearPop.±%
20014,750—    
20071,942−59.1%
20153,550+82.8%
Source: [6][7][8]
Year Percent Increase
2001 0.1% -
2007 0.04% -0.6
2015 0.05% +0.01

In 2001, there were 4,750 Hindus (0.1%) which decreased to 1,942 Hindus (0.04%) in 2007 and then increased to 3,550 Hindus (0.05%) in 2015.[9][10][11]

TemplesEdit

There is a functioning Hindu temple in Freetown.[12] It is run by the local Temple Committee.[13]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ International Religious Freedom Report 2006, Sierra Leone reported that there is small number of Hindus in Sierra Leone
  2. ^ "Major Religions of Sierra Leone". 4 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Sierra Leone, Religion And Social Profile". thearda.com. Retrieved 2021-10-12.
  4. ^ Indians’ Cremation Ceremony versus disgruntled youths in Sierra Leone
  5. ^ Indian Community in Sierra Leone, p. 5
  6. ^ "Religious Freedom Page". Archived from the original on 6 November 2007.
  7. ^ "Country Profile: Sierra Leone (Republic of Sierra Leone)". Archived from the original on October 14, 2007. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Sierra Leone, Religion And Social Profile". thearda.com. Retrieved 2021-10-12.
  9. ^ "Religious Freedom Page". Archived from the original on 6 November 2007.
  10. ^ "Country Profile: Sierra Leone (Republic of Sierra Leone)". Archived from the original on October 14, 2007. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  11. ^ "Sierra Leone, Religion And Social Profile". thearda.com. Retrieved 2021-10-12.
  12. ^ Indian Community in Sierra Leone, p. 5
  13. ^ https://www.mea.gov.in/Portal/ForeignRelation/Sierra_Leone_Feb_2016.pdf[bare URL PDF]