Overview of Libya Last updated on
Thursday 22nd April 2010
Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
Tripoli (population 1,083,000; 1988 estimate)
Additional urban centre
Benghazi (population 446,250; 1988 estimate)
5,225,000 (1994 estimate) with an annual growth rate of 3-4%. More than two-thirds of the population live in the coastal area.
Mixed Arab and Berber descent; a tribal society. 75% of the population live in urban areas.
1,759,540 sq km (679,362 sq miles)
Arabic; with some Berber spoken. English and Italian are used in business.
Libyan dinar, divided into 1,000 dirhams; issued by the Central Bank of Libya.
Islam; 97% of the population are Sunnite Muslims.
GMT +2 hours
240 volts. Available almost everywhere, except in very isolated parts.
Weights and measures
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