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flag Libya Libya: Introduction

Capital: Tripoli


Total Population: 6,293,253
Natural Increase: 0.9%
Density: 4 Inhabitants/km²
Urban Population: 78.8%
Population of main cities (including suburbs): Tripoli (940,653); Benghazi (562,067); Misratah (502,613); Murqub (448,260); Jafara (443,768)
Ethnic Origins: About 97% is Arab and/or Berber. The country has a very large majority of Arabs, a few Tuaregs (essentially in the Fezzan, along the border with Algeria and Niger) and a minority that identifies as Berber (in the Djebel Nefusa and at Zwara).
Official Language: Arabic
Other Languages Spoken: English, Italian.
Business Language(s): English
Religion: Sunni Muslims (97% of the population).
Literacy Rate: 84.2%

Local Time:

It is %T:%M %A In Tripoli

Exchange Rate on :

National Currency: Lybian Dinar (LYD)

Country Overview

Area: 1,759,540 km²
Type of State: Republican (in transition).
Type of Economy: Upper-middle-income economy dependent on the hydrocarbon sector. The country is in economic transition..
Since 1999, the Libyan authorities have aimed at making the Libyan economy more efficient through a policy of opening up and liberalization which benefits the private sector and investment. Libya is currently facing a political transition which affects its economy.
HDI*: 0.724/1
HDI (World Rank): 94/188

Note: (*) The HDI, Human Development Index, is an Indicator Which Synthesizes Several Data Such as Life Expectancy, Level of Education, Professional Careers, Access to Culture etc.



Low: 12°  |  High: 26°

Humidity: 71%  |  Wind: 22.53 km/h
Sunrise: 7:35 am  |  Sunset: 7:5 pm

Source: Yahoo Weather, Tripoli


Telephone Code:
To call from Libya, dial 00
To call Libya, dial +218
Internet Suffix: .ly
Telephone Lines: 12.6 per 100 Inhabitants
Internet Users: 19.9 per 100 Inhabitants
Access to Electricity: 100% of the Population

Foreign Trade in Figures

Foreign Trade Indicators 20122013201420152016
Imports of Goods (million USD) 22,00027,00019,00013,00010,600
Exports of Goods (million USD) 60,94643,50021,00010,2006,000
Imports of Services (million USD) 6,2797,3886,966n/an/a
Exports of Services (million USD) 15218079n/an/a

Source: WTO – World Trade Organisation, 2017


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Last Updates: November 2017