Languages of Sierra Leone

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English is the official language of Sierra Leone.

Mende is spoken by 29.5% of the population as a mother tongue, Temne is spoken by 24.7%, and Krio is spoken by 10.5%.

Although English is the official language, spoken at schools, government administration and the media, Krio (derived from English and several indigenous African languages, the language of the Sierra Leone Krio people), is the most widely spoken language in virtually all parts of Sierra Leone. The Krio language is spoken by 90% of the country's population.

Sierra Leonean Sign Language


  1. ^ "Republic of Sierra Leone" (in French). Trésor de la langue française au Québec. 18 June 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2013.