Libya

COUNTRY FLAG

COAT OF ARMS

flag_libya coatofarms_libya

LOCATION MAP

AREA MAP

locationmap_libya areamap_libya

INFORMATION

Capital: TripoliGovernment: Provisional Government

Chairman of the Presidential Council: Fayez al-Sarraj

Economy:

  • Depends primarily upon revenue from hydrocarbons, which contributes to about 95% of export earnings, 65% of GDP, and 80% of government revenue.
  • Substantial revenue from the energy sector coupled with a small population give Libya one of the highest per capita GDPs in Africa.

Population: 6,754,507 (2018)

Land Size: 1.77 million sq km (685,524 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Berber and Arab: 97%
  • Other: 3% (includes Greeks, Maltese, Italians, Egyptians, Pakistanis, Turks, Indians, and Tunisians)
Religions:

  • Sunni Muslim (official): 97%
  • Other: 3%

Language(s):

  • Arabic (official)
  • Italian
  • English

Links:

RECENT NEWS

  • Mon - Aug 19, 2019: U.S. Envoys Assume Key Africa Posts – But Not South Africa - AllAfrica News: Libya
    [allAfrica] Washington, DC -Career U.S. ambassadors are taking up key diplomatic assignments across Africa following confirmation by the Senate earlier this month. These include envoys to Nigeria, Egypt, Libya, Cote d'Ivoire and the African Union, as well as Malawi and Cape Verde.
  • Mon - Aug 19, 2019: Sending Migrants From Libya to Rwanda 'Short-Sighted' - AllAfrica News: Libya
    [The New Humanitarian] 'The new plan comes with a serious political price.'
  • Mon - Aug 19, 2019: Coast Guard Rescues Over 270 Europe-Bound Migrants - AllAfrica News: Libya
    [Deutsche Welle] The Libyan coast guard says it has rescued 278 migrants on four different boats in recent days. The migrants, including 18 women and two children, had been trying to make their way to Europe.
  • Fri - Aug 16, 2019: Ongoing Atrocities Reveal the Trouble With International Military Intervention - AllAfrica News: Libya
    [The Conversation Africa] It's been eight years since the NATO-led military intervention in Libya. Many analysts consider the action a crucial step forward in protecting civilians from looming atrocity. But today, Libya stands further from peace than ever.
  • Fri - Aug 16, 2019: Migrants Rescued but Remain Stranded At Sea - AllAfrica News: Libya
    [CAJ News] Tripoli -EUROPE has been urged to allow the immediate disembarkation of more than 500 people recently rescued on the Central Mediterranean but remaining stranded at the sea.