According to ALLCITYCODES.COM, Sierra Leone is a West African nation located on the Atlantic Ocean with a population of 7.9 million people. The country is divided into four provinces: Eastern Province, Northern Province, Southern Province, and Western Area. Each province is further divided into districts and chiefdoms. The area code system in Sierra Leone was introduced in 2006 to simplify communication between people living in different parts of the country. The system works by assigning each district and chiefdom its own unique three-digit area code. For example, the area code for Freetown (the capital of Sierra Leone) is 112 while the area codes for other cities such as Bo, Makeni, and Kenema are 115, 120, and 123 respectively. When making a call within Sierra Leone one needs to dial 0 followed by the local phone number they wish to reach after which their call will be directed to its intended recipient without any confusion caused by language barriers or incorrect numbers being used instead of 0 for Sierra Leone’s national prefix. In addition to this, when making an international call from Sierra Leone one needs to dial +232 followed by the local phone number they wish to reach as this will ensure that their call reaches its destination without any issues caused by language barriers or incorrect country codes being used instead of +232 for Sierra Leone’s international prefix. When sending an SMS message or making a VoIP call one simply needs to add +232 before entering the local phone number they wish to reach as this will ensure that their message reaches its destination without any issues caused by language barriers or incorrect country codes being used instead of +232 for Sierra Leone’s international prefix. The use of +232 for all calls made from outside of Sierra Leone helps simplify communication between people living here and those living abroad as it eliminates any potential confusion caused by different country codes being used for different parts of the world or language barriers that could arise from using only local telephone numbers instead of international ones like those provided by VoIP services such as Skype and FaceTime. Sierra Leone is a presidential republic, with an executive branch headed by the President. The President is elected by popular vote for a five-year term. The unicameral Sierra Leone Parliament has 124 members elected for five-year terms, 112 of which are directly elected and 12 appointed by the president. The judiciary is headed by the Chief Justice of Sierra Leone and other judges of the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone. The current president is Julius Maada Bio, who was sworn into office in April 2018. His party, the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), won a majority in Parliament in 2018, giving it control over the government.
The government has made significant progress on economic development and poverty reduction since 2009. It has also achieved some successes in improving access to basic services such as health care and education, as well as in tackling corruption and promoting human rights. However, there are still challenges to be addressed such as poverty reduction, inequality and economic growth. In addition to these domestic issues, Sierra Leone must also deal with regional security threats from neighbouring countries such as Guinea and Liberia. The country continues to face ongoing political instability due to tensions between different ethnic groups within the country as well as between political parties vying for power. As such it is important that all stakeholders work together to ensure peace and stability so that progress can continue to be made on addressing both domestic and regional issues. LOVERISTS: Features public policy of Sierra Leone.