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Major Ethnic Groups of Liberia

Below constitute major tribal groups inhabiting Liberia.

  • Mano
  • Mandingo
  • Bassa
  • Sapo
  • Gio
  • Krahn
  • Mende
  • Gola
  • Vai
  • Kissi
  • Grebo
  • Lorma
  • Kru
  • Gbandi
  • Kpelle
  • Belle

The population includes 16 indigenous ethnic groups and various foreign minorities. Indigenous people comprise about 95% of the population, the largest of which are Kpelle in central and western Liberia. Americo-Liberians, who are descendants of African-American settlers, make up 2.5%, and Congo people, descendants of repatriated Congo and Afro-Caribbean slaves who arrived in 1825, make up an estimated 2.5%. There is also a sizable number of Lebanese, Indians, and other West African nationals who make up significant part of Liberia’s business community.

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