Lying on the Atlantic in the southern part of West Africa, Liberia is bordered by Sierra Leone, Guinea, and the Ivory Coast. It is comparable in size to Tennessee. Most of the country is a plateau covered by dense tropical forests, which thrive under an annual rainfall of about 160 inches a year. Liberia's modern government is a dual system, comprised of statutory laws based on American and English common law, and of unwritten tribal compacts from earlier inhabitants. These tribal laws, much like those of American Indian populations, are restricted to rural tribal communities.
Liberia is very underdeveloped and poor. The civil warfare that raged from 1990 to 1997 and from 2001 to 2003 had a disastrous effect on the Liberian economy. As of 2006, Liberia has the highest population growth rate in the world (4.91%). They currently have a population slightly over three million. Once noted for its hospitality and academics, Liberia has turned into a war zone in recent times which have brought down the standard of life there significantly. All in all, Liberia is still a beautiful land that needs some help to get back on its feet.
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