5 Interesting Facts about Liberia
Located on the West Coast of Africa and surrounded to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, Liberia is home to some of Africa’s most beautiful beaches as well as many of Africa’s unique species. Despite Liberia’s beautiful landscape and its warm weather, it is one of the most underrated countries in the world. Liberia’s unfortunate history has made tourists around the world overlook some beautiful aspects of the country. There are many interesting facts about Liberia that most do not know. I’ve gone ahead and listed a few down below.
1. Home to freed slaves
In 1821, the American Colonization Society (ACS) founded Liberia for the formerly enslaved from both the United States and the Caribbean. Over 10,000 freed slaves migrated to Liberia and were aided by the ACS, until Liberia declared its independence on July 26, 1847.
2. The average citizen is under 18 years old
Liberia is 170 years old, making it one of the oldest republics on the continent, but it is also one of the youngest countries in the world. According to the CIA World Factbook, the average citizen of Liberia is under 18.
3. The world’s biggest cruise ships are registered in Liberia
The cruise industry is known for registering ships in countries with less stringent employment laws, and Liberia is no exception. With no strong law in place to protect Liberian workers, Liberia is among countries where cruises from all over the world are registered, including Oceania Cruises, which is registered in Marshall Islands and Royal Caribbean International is also registered in Liberia; it has the three largest cruise ships on the planet, along with 12 percent of the world’s entire maritime fleet.
4. Liberia has one of Africa’s cleanest cities
In 2014, The World Health Organization (WHO) track air quality at 1,622 unban area in 92 different countries, with the goal of finding which country is the world’s most polluted. Pakistan’s urban area was the world’s most polluted, followed by Qatar, Afghanistan, Turkey, Bulgaria, and Serbia.
Of the 92 countries, Australia had the least polluted urban area, followed by Brunei and New Zealand. Liberia came in 10th place, with the world’s least polluted urban areas, ahead of the United States, the U.K., Spain, and Japan.
5. It’s heaven for surfers
Because Liberia is right along the coast with easy access to the Atlantic Ocean, it is the home to a number of beautiful beaches. The capital city of Monrovia is not far from several surfing beaches, however the coastal town of Robertsport offers vast stretches of deserted beaches and has been described as the greatest undiscovered surf spot in Africa.