LIBYA

Sandra Appiah March 03, 2011

Water-poor, oil-rich Libya has the highest per capita income of continental Africa. Most Libyans live on the Mediterranean coast, many in Tripoli and Banghazi. The largest water development project ever devised, the Great Man-Made River Project, brings water from aquifers under the Sahara to the coastal cities. Since 1969 this former Italian colony, independent since 1951, has been an authoritarian socialist state under Muammar Qaddafi—whose backing of terrorism led to a U.S. bombing in 1986 and UN sanctions in 1992. In 2003 Libya ended its international isolation and abandoned its weapons programs.
LIBYA
Fast Facts
Population:
5,766,000
Capital:
Tripoli; 2,006,000
Area:
1,759,540 square kilometers (679,362 square miles)
Language:
Arabic, Italian, English
Religion:
Sunni Muslim
Currency:
Libyan dinar
Life Expectancy:
76
GDP per Capita:
U.S. $6,200
Literacy Percent:
83

ECONOMY
  • Industry: Petroleum, food processing, textiles, handicrafts, cement
  • Agriculture: Wheat, barley, olives, dates; cattle
  • Exports: Crude oil, refined petroleum products
 
 
 
Source: The National Geographic

              CIA- The World Factbook 

Last Edited by: Updated: September 12, 2018

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