50 Fascinating Facts About Libya

Libya is a primarily Muslim country in northern Africa. Tripoli is the state capital and the major city. Libya has a population of about 7.2 million people. It covers an area of 1,759,540 square kilometers. Tripoli is the country's capital and largest city. The country's official language is Arabic. Libya is Africa's fourth-biggest country, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Sahara Desert to the south. As such, it's indeed almost double the size of Texas in the United States. Libya, the fourth-largest country in Africa by geographical area, has numerous distinct characteristics mentioned here. Here are some of the most amazing Libya facts.

Fascinating Facts About Libya

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Libya has only had one king in its history. Libya's first and only king was known as King Idris I.
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Tripoli, Libya's capital, was able to assist in the protection of American ships from Barbary pirate attacks in the nineteenth century.
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Libya is a culturally rich country in North Africa's Maghreb area. It is bounded to the east by Egypt, the southeast by Sudan, the south by Chad and Niger, and the west by Algeria and Tunisia; it also has a coastline along the Mediterranean Sea to the north.
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For thousands of years, people have lived in Libya. Tadrart Acacus' UNESCO-listed Rock-Art Sites have hundreds of cave paintings ranging from 12,000 BC to 100 AD
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Arabic is the official language.
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The discovery of oil in Libya in the 1950s represented a significant improvement for the country, which had previously been listed among the poorest in the world.
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Despite being an Islamic country now, Libya was once an important Christian center.
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Libya has a total land area of 679,358 square miles. That places it as the 17th biggest country in the world!
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The Berbers, also known as Amazigh, were the original inhabitants of Libya. Berbers are considered North Africa's indigenous residents, having populated the territory from at least 2000 BC.
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Tripoli is Libya's capital and the country's largest city. The city is located in northeastern Libya, on the outskirts of the Desert, on a rocky outcropping extending into the Mediterranean and forming a bay.
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Libya was divided into three regions: Fezzan in the southwest, Cyrenaica in the east, and Tripolitania in the northeast.
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At the moment, at least two political groupings have established administrations in Libya, but only one is recognized as legitimate by the rest of the world.
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Because much of Libya is located inside the Sahara Desert, about 90% of the nation is Desert – most people reside in coastal towns such as Tripoli and Benghazi.
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Cyrene, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was one of the most important towns in the Greek empire.
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Libya's landscape is primarily barren, with flat to undulating plains, plateaus, and depressions.
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The Libyan Desert is noted for being the Sahara's harshest, driest, and most inaccessible area. With daytime temperatures reaching up to 50 degrees Celsius, this region might survive for decades without rain.
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Libya has the longest Mediterranean Sea shoreline of any North African country, stretching 1,770 kilometers (1099 miles).
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The population density here isn't particularly high. Libya's population was 6.777 million in 2019... almost one-tenth of the population of the United Kingdom!
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From the 16th century until Italy took control in 1911, Libya was also a part of the Ottoman Empire.
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At 2,266 meters, Bikku Bitti, also known as Bette Peak, is Libya's tallest peak.
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Libya imports 75 to 80% of its food. Libya imports most of the food it consumes due to its inability to produce it locally.
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The Libyan Sea refers to the region of the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya.
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Libyans live in a Mediterranean environment at the shore, which transitions to a desert climate farther inland.
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Libya derives its name from an ancient tribe known as the Libu, first referenced in manuscripts dating back to the 13th century BC.
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Libya's official language is Arabic
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South of Libya's narrow coastal strip, sparse grassland gives way to the Sahara Desert, a huge, infertile wasteland that sustains only a small fraction of the country's inhabitants and crops.
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Libyan tea has the consistency of black syrup. Libyan tea, which women mostly brew, is quite thick due to combining a lot of tea leaves with high sugar content.
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The Libyan Desert covers much of the country's middle and eastern regions. The Libyan Desert is one of the driest and sun-baked locations on the planet.
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Libya has a rich and varied history dating back to the 7th century BC when the Phoenicians established in Tripolitania; before this, the territory was inhabited by Berbers.
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The Libyan Dinar is the official currency in this country.
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At the age of 65, both men and women can retire.
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Libya has the greatest proven oil reserves in Africa and the world, with 48 billion barrels in 2019.
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Libya's most notable natural features are the Mediterranean coast and the Sahara Desert.
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Bette Peak is Libya's highest point. Bette Peak, at 7,434 feet, is Libya's tallest peak.
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The Libyan plain is studded with eroded volcanic structures north of the Jebel Uweinat mountains.
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Libya was a Roman stronghold at one time.
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All citizens enjoy free access to doctors, hospitals, clinics, and medications.
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Libya's flag features three horizontal crimson, black, and green stripes. The flag also has a star and crescent, both of which are Islamic symbols and green.
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Libya boasts the longest Mediterranean coastline in Africa, with several beaches.
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Cyrene, Libya, was a part of the Ancient Greek Empire.
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When oil was discovered in the 1950s, a large aquifer was discovered beneath most of Libya. The water in this aquifer predates the past ice ages.
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The average life expectancy in this area is 72.72 years (2018).
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Colonel Gaddafi toppled King Idris I in 1969 and governed until he died in 2011.
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Muammar Gaddafi ruled Libya for the longest time. He took control in 1969 and governed Libya for the next 42 years.
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Apart from oil export revenues, petrochemicals, iron, aluminum, and steel industries make 20% of Libya's GDP.
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Couscous is Libya's national cuisine, generally served with stewed meat and vegetables in a spicy tomato sauce.
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The last execution took place in 2010.
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Gaddafi renamed Libya from the Libyan Arab Republic to the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya from 1977 until 2011.
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Libya is home to five UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
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Bette Peak is Libya's highest point. Bette Peak, at 7,434 feet, is Libya's tallest peak. The mountain, also known as Bikku Bitti, is located in southern Libya near the Chad-Libyan border.

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