Subdivisions of Sierra Leone

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The subdivisions of Sierra Leone are as follows:

Sierra Leone is divided into provinces, districts, and chiefdoms.


Further information: Provinces of Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is divided into 3 provinces and a Western Area for the capital Freetown.


Further information: Districts of Sierra Leone

The provinces of Sierra Leone are divided into 14 districts. 12 are rural, with the capital Freetown divided into 2 districts. One traditional leader from each district occupies a seat in Sierra Leone's parliament.


Further information: Chiefdoms of Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is further divided into 149 chiefdoms.[1] The chiefdoms are hereditary, tribal units of local governance.[1] The World Bank sponsored the creation of elected local councils in 2004.[1]

Chiefs have the power to "raise taxes, control the judicial system, and allocate land, the most important resource in rural areas."[2]

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  1. ^ a b c Tristan Reed and James A. Robinson, The Chiefdoms of Sierra Leone, Scholar, Harvard University, 15 July 2013, Document available online, accessed 30 April 2014
  2. ^ Daron Acemoglu, Tristan Reed. and James A. Robinson. "Chiefs: Economic Development and Elite Control of Civil Society in Sierra Leone", Stanford University, 29 August 2013, accessed 30 April 2014