Northern Province, Sierra Leone

The Northern Province (commonly referred to as Northern Sierra Leone or simply the North) is one of the five provincial divisions of Sierra Leone. It is located in the Northern geographic region of Sierra Leone. It comprises the following four Districts: Bombali, Falaba, Koinadugu and Tonkolili. The Northern Province covers an area of 35,936 km2 (13,875 sq mi) with a population of 2,502,865, based on the 2015 Sierra Leone national census.[1] Its administrative and economic center is Makeni. The North borders the North West Province to the West, the Republic of Guinea to the north-east, the Eastern Province and Southern Province to the south-east.

Northern Province
Location of Northern Province
CountrySierra Leone
 • Total35,936 km2 (13,875 sq mi)
 (2015 census)
 • Total2,502,865
 • Density70/km2 (180/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Greenwich Mean Time)

Geography edit

Overview edit

The Northern province is mainly a hilly wooded area with mountainous area farther inland. The region has ranges of Mountains, Hills, Valleys, and Wetlands; comprising unique and endangered species. The region is a political stronghold of the All People's Congress (APC) political party. The APC currently controls all the elected seats from the North virtually.

Districts edit

The four districts of the Northern Province.

Prior to 2018, the province also included

Borders edit

The Northern Province has the following borders:

Outamba-Kilimi National Park edit

One of the main tourist attraction in the North is the Outamba-Kilimi National Park. The park is one of the most well-known and frequently visited sites in Sierra Leone. The Park is found in the northeastern of Kamakwie in the Bombali District. It is a magical place embedded between two rivers, the Great Scarcies, and the Mongo Rivers. At the park are rare elephants and buffaloes frequently seen following their paths through the dense bush. See the Hippos relaxing in their pools or listen to the songs of the rich bird life and the alarm calls of the various primates while silently paddling along the river in a canoe.

Ethnic groups edit

The Temne people are the largest ethnic group in Northern Sierra Leone. The Temne form the largest ethnic group in every districts in the north, except Koinadugu District. Other ethnic groups in Northern Sierra Leone with significant population are the Limba, Kuranko, Mandingo, Loko, the Fula, and Yalunka. They are mostly Muslims and they engaged on mainly farming and sometimes fishing.

Religion edit

Religion in Northern Province (2015)[2]
Religion Percent(%)
Bahai Faith
Traditional African religion
No religion

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Pratt, Regina (1 April 2016). "Sierra Leone: 'Sierra Leone Population Is Now Over Seven Million'". Retrieved 9 April 2024.
  2. ^ "Population Structure And Population Distribution" (PDF). Retrieved 24 September 2023.

External links edit

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