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Countries of the World: Libya
Resources about Libya including maps, facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, and economy.

Economy of Libya Real GDP (2009 est.): $85.04 billion. GDP per capita (PPP, 2009 est.): $13,400. Real GDP growth rate (2009 est.): -0.7%. Natural resources: Petroleum, natural gas, gypsum. Agriculture: Products--wheat, barley, olives, dates, citrus, vegetables, peanuts, soybeans; cattle; approximately 75% of Libya's food is imported. Industry: Types--petroleum, food processing, textiles, handicrafts, cement. Trade: Exports (2009 est.)--$34.24 billion: crude oil, refined petroleum products, natural gas, chemicals. Major markets (2009 est.)--Italy (37.65%), Germany (10.11%), Spain (7.94%), France (8.44%), Switzerland (5.93%), U.S. (5.27%). Imports (2009 est.)--$22.11 billion: machinery, transport equipment, food, manufactured goods, consumer products, semi-finished goods. Major suppliers (2009)--Italy (18.9%), China (10.54%), Turkey (9.92%), Germany (9.78%), Tunisia (5.25%), South Korea (4.02%).
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/5425.htm

Geography of Libya Location: North Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Egypt, Tunisia, and Algeria, southern border with Chad, Niger, and Sudan. Area: 1,759,540 million sq. km. Cities: Tripoli (capital), Benghazi. Terrain: Mostly barren, flat to undulating plains, plateaus, depressions. Climate: Mediterranean along coast; dry, extreme desert interior. Land use: Arable land--1.03%; permanent crops--0.19%; other-- 98.78%.
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/5425.htm

Government of Libya Official name: Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. Type: "Jamahiriya" is a term Col. Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi coined and which he defines as a "state of the masses" governed by the populace through local councils. In practice, Libya is an authoritarian state. Independence: Libya declared independence on December 24, 1951. Revolution Day: September 1, 1969. Constitution: No formal document. Revolutionary edicts establishing a government structure were issued on December 11, 1969 and amended March 2, 1977 to establish popular congresses and people's committees that constitute the Jamahiriya system. Administrative divisions: 32 municipalities (singular-- "shabiya", plural--"shabiyat"): Butnan, Darnah, Gubba, al- Jebal al-Akhdar, Marj, al-Jebal al-Hezam, Benghazi, Ajdabiya, Wahat, Kufra, Surt, Al Jufrah, Misurata, Murgub, Bani-Walid, Tarhuna and Msallata, Tripoli, Jfara, Zawiya, Sabratha and Surman, An Nuqat al-Khams, Gharyan, Mezda, Nalut, Ghadames, Yefren, Wadi Alhaya, Ghat, Sabha, Wadi Shati, Murzuq, Tajura and an-Nuwaha al-Arba'a. Political system: Political parties are banned. According to the political theory of Col. Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, multi- layered popular assemblies (people's congresses) with executive institutions (people's committees) are guided by political cadres (revolutionary committees). Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal and compulsory.
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/5425.htm

Map of Libya This Map of Libya shows the borders of the country, as well as rivers, and cities including Tripoli the capital of Libya. (Maps from the U.S. State Department)
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/5425.htm

Official Name of Libya The Official Name of Libya is the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. (Facts from the U.S. State Department)
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/5425.htm

People of Libya Nationality: Noun and adjective--Libyan(s). Population (July 2010 est.): 6,461,454. Annual population growth rate (2010 est.): 2.117%. Birth rate (2010 est.)--24.58 births/1,000 population. Death rate (2010 est.)--3.45 deaths/1,000 population. Ethnic groups: Berber and Arab 97%; other 3% (includes Greeks, Maltese, Italians, Egyptians, Pakistanis, Turks, Indians, and Tunisians). Religion: Sunni Muslim 97%, other 3%. Languages: Arabic is the primary language. English and Italian are understood in major cities. Education: Years compulsory--9. Attendance--90%. Literacy (age 15 and over who can read and write)--total population 82.6%; male 92.4%; female 72% (2003 est.). Health (2010 est.): Infant mortality rate--20.87 deaths/1,000 live births. Life expectancy--total population 77.47 yrs.; male 75.18 yrs.; female 79.88 yrs. Work force (2010 est.): 1.686 million.
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/5425.htm



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