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|Nickname(s): Freetown Peninsula|
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The Western Area or Freetown Peninsula (formerly the Colony of Sierra Leone) is one of four principal divisions of Sierra Leone. It comprises the oldest city and national capital Freetown and its surrounding towns and countryside. It covers an area of 557 km² and has a population of 1,447,271. The Western Area is located mostly around the peninsula and is divided into two districts: the Western Area Rural and the Western Area Urban.
The Western Area is the wealthiest region in Sierra Leone, having the largest economy, financial and cultural center, as well as the seat of the country's national government. Unlike the other regions in Sierra Leone, the western area is not a province.
It is divided into two districts:
Freetown serves as the administrative headquarters of both the Western Area and the Urban District, and served as the capital of the Rural District until 2009 when it was formally moved to the city of Waterloo.
To the northeast, the Western Area borders the Northern Province, and to the southeast it borders the Southern Province. However, most of the boundaries of the Western Area is the shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean. The Western Area is the only region of Sierra Leone without a foreign border.
Major cities and towns in the Western Area
- Freetown, largest city and national capital
- Waterloo, second largest city
Villages in the Western Area include
- Kola Town
- Joe Town
- Baw Baw
- Samuel Town
- Stones Town
Islands included in the Western Area
- Bunce Island, an island about 20 miles outside Freetown
- Banana Islands, islands on the Freetown Peninsula in the extreme west Sierra Leone, including Dublin Island and Ricketts Island.
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