Libya

State of Libya

دولة ليبيا  (Arabic)
Anthem: ليبيا ليبيا ليبيا
"Libya, Libya, Libya"
Location of Libya
Location of Libya
Capital
and largest city
Tripoli[1]
32°52′N 13°11′E / 32°52′N 13°11′E / 32.867; 13.183
Official languagesArabic[b]
Spoken languages
Minority Languages
Ethnic groups
Religion
Islam
Demonym(s)Libyan
GovernmentUnitary provisional government
Fayez al-Sarraj
• Prime Minister (GNA)[2]
Fayez Al-Sarraj
Ahmed Maiteeq
• President of the House of Representatives
Aguila Saleh Issa
LegislatureHouse of Representatives
Formation
• Independence from Italy
10 February 1947
• Released from British and French oversight[c]
24 December 1951
1 September 1969
19 November 1977
April 1986
17 February 2011
Area
• Total
1,759,541 km2 (679,363 sq mi) (16th)
Population
• 2016 estimate
6,653,210[3] (108th)
• 2018 census
7,200,000
• Density
3.74/km2 (9.7/sq mi) (218th)
GDP (PPP)2019 estimate
• Total
$79.595 billion[4]
• Per capita
$12,100[4]
GDP (nominal)2019 estimate
• Total
$51.330 billion[4] (98)
• Per capita
$7,803[4]
HDI (2017)0.706[5]
high · 108th
CurrencyLibyan dinar (LYD)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
Driving sideright
Calling code+218
ISO 3166 codeLY
Internet TLD.ly
ليبيا.
  1. ^ United Nations note concerning official name: "Following the adoption by the General Assembly of resolution 66/1, the Permanent Mission of Libya to the United Nations formally notified the United Nations of a Declaration by the National Transitional Council of 3 August changing the official name of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya to "Libya" and changing Libya's national flag."
  2. ^ The official language is simply identified as "Arabic" (Constitutional Declaration, article 1).
  3. ^ The UK and France held a joint condominium over Libya through the United Nations Trusteeship Council.

Libya (ə/ (About this soundlisten); Arabic: ليبيا‎, romanizedLībiyā), officially the State of Libya,[dubious ][6][7][8][9] is a country in the Maghreb region in North Africa, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Egypt to the east, Sudan to the southeast, Chad to the south, Niger to the southwest, Algeria to the west, and Tunisia to the northwest. The sovereign state is made of three historical regions: Tripolitania, Fezzan and Cyrenaica. With an area of almost 1.8 million square kilometres (700,000 sq mi), Libya is the fourth largest country in Africa, and is the 16th largest country in the world.[10] Libya has the 10th-largest proven oil reserves of any country in the world.[11] The largest city and capital, Tripoli, is located in western Libya and contains over one million of Libya's six million people.[12] The second-largest city is Benghazi, which is located in eastern Libya.

Libya has been inhabited by Berbers since the late Bronze Age. The Phoenicians established trading posts in western Libya, and ancient Greek colonists established city-states in eastern Libya. Libya was variously ruled by Carthaginians, Persians, Egyptians and Greeks before becoming a part of the Roman Empire. Libya was an early centre of Christianity. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, the area of Libya was mostly occupied by the Vandals until the 7th century, when invasions brought Islam to the region. In the 16th century, the Spanish Empire and the Knights of St John occupied Tripoli, until Ottoman rule began in 1551. Libya was involved in the Barbary Wars of the 18th and 19th centuries. Ottoman rule continued until the Italian occupation of Libya resulted in the temporary Italian Libya colony from 1911 to 1947. During the Second World War, Libya was an important area of warfare in the North African Campaign. The Italian population then went into decline.

Libya became independent as a kingdom in 1951. A military coup in 1969 overthrew King Idris I. The "bloodless"[13] coup leader Muammar Gaddafi ruled the country from 1969 and the Libyan Cultural Revolution in 1973 until he was overthrown and killed in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. Two authorities initially claimed to govern Libya: the Council of Deputies in Tobruk and the 2014 General National Congress (GNC) in Tripoli, which considered itself the continuation of the General National Congress, elected in 2012.[14][15] After UN-led peace talks between the Tobruk and Tripoli governments,[16] a unified interim UN-backed Government of National Accord was established in 2015,[17] and the GNC disbanded to support it.[18] Parts of Libya remain outside either government's control, with various Islamist, rebel and tribal militias administering some areas.[19] As of July 2017, talks are still ongoing between the GNA and the Tobruk-based authorities to end the strife and unify the divided establishments of the state, including the Libyan National Army and the Central Bank of Libya.[20][21]

Libya is a member of the United Nations (since 1955), the Non-Aligned Movement, the Arab League, the OIC and OPEC. The country's official religion is Islam, with 96.6% of the Libyan population being Sunni Muslims.

Etymology

Archaeological Site of Sabratha, Libya

The Latin name Libya (from Greek Λιβύη, Libyē) referred to the region west of the Nile generally corresponding to its central location in North Africa historically visited by many Mediterranean cultures which referred to its original inhabitants as the "Libúē." The name Libya was introduced in 1934 for Italian Libya, reviving the historical name for Northwest Africa, from the ancient Greek Λιβύη (Libúē).[22] It was intended to supplant terms applied to Ottoman Tripolitania, the coastal region of what is today Libya having been ruled by the Ottoman Empire from 1551 to 1911, as the Eyalet of Tripolitania. The name "Libya" was brought back into use in 1903 by Italian geographer Federico Minutilli.[23]

Libya gained independence in 1951 as the United Libyan Kingdom (Arabic: المملكة الليبية المتحدةal-Mamlakah al-Lībiyyah al-Muttaḥidah), changing its name to the Kingdom of Libya (Arabic: المملكة الليبيةal-Mamlakah al-Lībiyyah) literally "Libyan Kingdom" in 1963.[24] Following a coup d'état led by Muammar Gaddafi in 1969, the name of the state was changed to the Libyan Arab Republic (Arabic: الجمهورية العربية الليبيةal-Jumhūriyyah al-‘Arabiyyah al-Lībiyyah). The official name was "Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya" from 1977 to 1986 (Arabic الجماهيرية العربية الليبية الشعبية الاشتراكية), and "Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya"[25] (Arabic: الجماهيرية العربية الليبية الشعبية الاشتراكية العظمى[26] al-Jamāhīriyyah al-‘Arabiyyah al-Lībiyyah ash-Sha‘biyyah al-Ishtirākiyyah al-‘Uẓmá About this soundlisten ) from 1986 to 2011.

The National Transitional Council, established in 2011, referred to the state as simply "Libya". The UN formally recognized the country as "Libya" in September 2011,[27] based on a request from the Permanent Mission of Libya citing the Libyan interim Constitutional Declaration of 3 August 2011. In November 2011, the ISO 3166-1 was altered to reflect the new country name "Libya" in English, "Libye (la)" in French.[28]

In December 2017 the Permanent Mission of Libya to the United Nations informed the United Nations that the country's official name was henceforth the "State of Libya"; "Libya" remained the official short form, and the country continued to be listed under "L" in alphabetical lists.[29]

Other Languages
Acèh: Libya
адыгабзэ: Ливие
Afrikaans: Libië
Alemannisch: Libyen
አማርኛ: ሊቢያ
Ænglisc: Libia
العربية: ليبيا
aragonés: Libia
ܐܪܡܝܐ: ܠܘܒܐ
arpetan: Libie
asturianu: Libia
Avañe'ẽ: Lívia
azərbaycanca: Liviya
تۆرکجه: لیبی
bamanankan: Libya
বাংলা: লিবিয়া
Banjar: Libya
Bân-lâm-gú: Libya
Basa Banyumasan: Libya
башҡортса: Ливия
беларуская: Лівія
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Лібія
भोजपुरी: लीबिया
Bikol Central: Libya
български: Либия
Boarisch: Libyen
བོད་ཡིག: ལི་པི་ཡ།
bosanski: Libija
brezhoneg: Libia
буряад: Ливи
català: Líbia
Чӑвашла: Ливи
Cebuano: Libya
čeština: Libye
Chavacano de Zamboanga: Libya
chiShona: Libya
Cymraeg: Libia
dansk: Libyen
davvisámegiella: Libya
Deutsch: Libyen
ދިވެހިބަސް: ލީބިޔާ
dolnoserbski: Libyska
डोटेली: लिबिया
eesti: Liibüa
Ελληνικά: Λιβύη
español: Libia
Esperanto: Libio
estremeñu: Líbia
euskara: Libia
eʋegbe: Libia
فارسی: لیبی
Fiji Hindi: Libya
føroyskt: Libya
français: Libye
Frysk: Lybje
Gaeilge: An Libia
Gaelg: Yn Leeb
Gagauz: Libiya
Gàidhlig: Libia
galego: Libia
Gĩkũyũ: Libya
ગુજરાતી: લિબિયા
गोंयची कोंकणी / Gõychi Konknni: लिबिया
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Libya
한국어: 리비아
Hausa: Libya
հայերեն: Լիբիա
हिन्दी: लीबिया
hornjoserbsce: Libyska
hrvatski: Libija
Ido: Libia
Igbo: Libya
Ilokano: Libya
বিষ্ণুপ্রিয়া মণিপুরী: লিবিয়া
Bahasa Indonesia: Libya
interlingua: Libya
Interlingue: Libya
Ирон: Ливи
isiZulu: ILibiya
íslenska: Líbía
italiano: Libia
עברית: לוב
Jawa: Libya
Kabɩyɛ: Liibii
kalaallisut: Libya
ಕನ್ನಡ: ಲಿಬಿಯಾ
Kapampangan: Libya
ქართული: ლიბია
қазақша: Ливия
kernowek: Libi
Kinyarwanda: Libiya
Kiswahili: Libya
Kongo: Libia
Kreyòl ayisyen: Libi
kurdî: Lîbya
Кыргызча: Ливия
кырык мары: Ливи
Ladino: Libya
لۊری شومالی: لیبی
Latina: Libya
latviešu: Lībija
Lëtzebuergesch: Libyen
lietuvių: Libija
Ligure: Libia
Limburgs: Libië
lingála: Libîya
Lingua Franca Nova: Libia
Livvinkarjala: Livii
la .lojban.: libgu'e
Luganda: Libya
lumbaart: Libia
magyar: Líbia
македонски: Либија
Malagasy: Libia
മലയാളം: ലിബിയ
Malti: Libja
मराठी: लीबिया
მარგალური: ლიბია
مصرى: ليبيا
مازِرونی: لیبی
Bahasa Melayu: Libya
Minangkabau: Libya
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Lṳ̄-bī-ā
мокшень: Ливие
монгол: Ливи
မြန်မာဘာသာ: လစ်ဗျားနိုင်ငံ
Nāhuatl: Libia
Nederlands: Libië
Nedersaksies: Libië
नेपाली: लिबिया
नेपाल भाषा: लिब्या
日本語: リビア
Napulitano: Libbia
нохчийн: Ливи
Nordfriisk: Libyen
Norfuk / Pitkern: Libiia
norsk: Libya
norsk nynorsk: Libya
ߒߞߏ: ߟߌߓߌ߫
Novial: Libia
occitan: Libia
Oromoo: Liibiyaa
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Liviya
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਲੀਬੀਆ
पालि: लिबिया
Pälzisch: Libyen
Pangasinan: Libia
پنجابی: لیبیا
Papiamentu: Libia
پښتو: لېبيا
Patois: Libia
Piemontèis: Libia
Plattdüütsch: Libyen
polski: Libia
português: Líbia
Qaraqalpaqsha: Liviya
qırımtatarca: Libiya
română: Libia
Runa Simi: Libya
русиньскый: Лібія
русский: Ливия
саха тыла: Лиибийэ
Gagana Samoa: Libya
संस्कृतम्: लिबिया
Sängö: Libïi
sardu: Lìbia
Scots: Libie
Seeltersk: Libyen
Sesotho: Libya
Sesotho sa Leboa: Libya
shqip: Libia
sicilianu: Lìbbia
සිංහල: ලිබියාව
Simple English: Libya
سنڌي: لبيا
SiSwati: ILibhiya
slovenčina: Líbya
slovenščina: Libija
ślůnski: Libijo
Soomaaliga: Libiya
کوردی: لیبیا
српски / srpski: Либија
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Libija
Sunda: Libya
suomi: Libya
svenska: Libyen
Tagalog: Libya
தமிழ்: லிபியா
Taqbaylit: Libya
татарча/tatarça: Ливия
తెలుగు: లిబియా
ትግርኛ: ሊቢያ
тоҷикӣ: Либиё
Türkçe: Libya
Türkmençe: Liwiýa
Twi: Libia
удмурт: Ливия
ᨅᨔ ᨕᨘᨁᨗ: Libya
українська: Лівія
اردو: لیبیا
ئۇيغۇرچە / Uyghurche: لىۋىيە
Vahcuengh: Libya
vèneto: Łibia
vepsän kel’: Livii
Tiếng Việt: Libya
Volapük: Lübän
Võro: Liibüä
walon: Libeye
文言: 利比亞
West-Vlams: Libië
Winaray: Libya
Wolof: Libi
吴语: 利比亚
Xitsonga: Libiya
ייִדיש: ליביע
Yorùbá: Líbyà
粵語: 利比亞
Zazaki: Libya
Zeêuws: Libië
žemaitėška: Lėbėjė
中文: 利比亚