Northern Province, Sierra Leone
|• Total||35,936 km2 (13,875 sq mi)|
|• Density||70/km2 (180/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Greenwich Mean Time)|
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 . Its administrative and economic center is Makeni. The North borders the Western Area to the West, the Republic of Guinea to the north-east, the Eastern Province and Southern Province to the south-east.
This section needs to be updated. The reason given is: Unchanged since the split of the North West Province.(June 2021)
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.
The four districts of the Northern Province.
- Bombali District, capital Makeni
- Koinadugu District, capital Kabala
- Falaba District, capital Mongo
- Tonkolili District, capital Magburaka
Prior to 2018, the province also included
- Port Loko District, capital Port Loko
- Kambia District, capital Kambia
- Areas of Bombali district which now make up Karene District
The Northern Province has the following borders:
- Mamou Region, Guinea: north
- Faranah Region, Guinea: northeast
- Nzérékoré Region, Guinea: far east
- North West Province: west
- Western Area: southwest
- Eastern Province: south
- Southern Province: far southwest.
Outamba-Kilimi National Park
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 and religion
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.
The Region is largely muslim at about 87% of the population. Christians form a significant minority at about 12% of the population, and are particularly present in Bombali DistrictTraditional African religion is also prevalent in the district.
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