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Lofa County
Location in Liberia
Location in Liberia
Country Liberia
CapitalVoinjama
Districts6
Government
 • SuperintendentGalakpai Kortimai
Area
 • Total9,982 km2 (3,854 sq mi)
Population
 (2008)
 • Total270,114
 • Density27.1/km2 (70/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+0 (GMT)

Lofa is a county in the northernmost portion of the West African nation of Liberia. One of 15 counties that comprise the first-level of administrative division in the nation, it has six districts. Voinjama serves as the capital with the area of the county measuring 9,982 square kilometres (3,854 sq mi).[1] As of the 2008 Census, it had a population of 270,114, making it the fourth most populous county in Liberia.[1]

Lofa's County Superintendent is Galakpai Kortimai.[2] The county is bordered by Bong County to the south and Gbarpolu County to the west. The northwestern parts of Lofa border the nation of Sierra Leone and the northeaster parts border Guinea. Mount Wuteve, the highest mountain in Liberia, lies in the north-central part of the county.

History

As of the 1984 Census, the county had a population of 199,242.[1] Many people left the area as refugees in 1999 and the early 2000s as it became a main focus of fighting during the Liberian civil war. The Red Cross said that in January 2004 many people had begun to return from refugee camps in neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone. At that time the county's population was estimated to be 34,310.[3] The largest city and county capital is Voinjama with a population of 4,945. Foya is the second largest city (population 1,760). Lofa produced one of the nations most respected leaders is the late vice president Dr. Harry Moniba.

Districts

Districts of Lofa County include (2008 population):[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "2008 National Population and Housing Census: Preliminary Results" (PDF). Government of the Republic of Liberia. 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-14.
  2. "New 'One UN' office opens in northern Liberia to advance UN effectiveness in planning, coordination and programming". UNMIL. 07 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-14. Check date values in: |date= (help)[dead link]
  3. Red Cross estimates of Lofa County populations January 2004

External links

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