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Administrative divisions 25 municipalities (baladiyat, singular - baladiyah); Ajdabiya, Al 'Aziziyah, Al Fatih, Al Jabal al Akhdar, Al Jufrah, Al Khums, Al Kufrah, An Nuqat al Khams, Ash Shati', Awbari, Az Zawiyah, Banghazi, Darnah, Ghadamis, Gharyan, Misratah, Murzuq, Sabha, Sawfajjin, Surt, Tarabulus, Tarhunah, Tubruq, Yafran, Zlitan; note - the 25 municipalities may have been replaced by 13 regions
Age structure 0-14 years:
35.41% (male 947,645; female 907,854)

15-64 years:
60.64% (male 1,645,085; female 1,533,066)

65 years and over:
3.95% (male 101,701; female 105,248) (2001 est.)
Agriculture - products wheat, barley, olives, dates, citrus, vegetables, peanuts, soybeans; cattle
Airports 136 (2000 est.)
Airports - with paved runways total:

over 3,047 m:

2,438 to 3,047 m:

1,524 to 2,437 m:

914 to 1,523 m:

under 914 m:
2 (2000 est.)
Airports - with unpaved runways total:

over 3,047 m:

2,438 to 3,047 m:

1,524 to 2,437 m:

914 to 1,523 m:

under 914 m:
18 (2000 est.)
Area total:
1,759,540 sq km

1,759,540 sq km

0 sq km
Area - comparative slightly larger than Alaska
Background Since he took power in a 1969 military coup, Col. Muammar Abu Minyar al-QADHAFI has espoused his own political system - a combination of socialism and Islam - which he calls the Third International Theory. Viewing himself as a revolutionary leader, he used oil funds during the 1970s and 1980s to promote his ideology outside Libya, even supporting subversives and terrorists abroad to hasten the end of Marxism and capitalism. Libyan military adventures failed, e.g., the prolonged foray of Libyan troops into the Aozou Strip in northern Chad was finally repulsed in 1987. Libyan support for terrorism decreased after UN sanctions were imposed in 1992. Those sanctions were suspended in April 1999.
Birth rate 27.67 births/1,000 population (2001 est.)
Budget revenues:
$6.85 billion

$4.4 billion, including capital expenditures of $NA (2000 est.)
Capital Tripoli
Climate Mediterranean along coast; dry, extreme desert interior
Coastline 1,770 km
Constitution 11 December 1969, amended 2 March 1977
Country name conventional long form:
Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

conventional short form:

local long form:
Al Jumahiriyah al Arabiyah al Libiyah ash Shabiyah al Ishtirakiyah al Uzma

local short form:
Currency Libyan dinar (LYD)
Death rate 3.51 deaths/1,000 population (2001 est.)
Debt - external $4.1 billion (2000 est.)
Diplomatic representation from the US the US suspended all embassy activities in Tripoli on 2 May 1980
Diplomatic representation in the US Libya does not have an embassy in the US
Disputes - international Libya claims about 19,400 sq km in northern Niger and also a part of southeastern Algeria
Economic aid - recipient $8.4 million (1995)
Economy - overview The socialist-oriented economy depends primarily upon revenues from the oil sector, which contributes practically all export earnings and about one-quarter of GDP. These oil revenues and a small population give Libya one of the highest per capita GDPs in Africa, but little of this income flows down to the lower orders of society. In this statist society, import restrictions and inefficient resource allocations have led to periodic shortages of basic goods and foodstuffs. The nonoil manufacturing and construction sectors, which account for about 20% of GDP, have expanded from processing mostly agricultural products to include the production of petrochemicals, iron, steel, and aluminum. Climatic conditions and poor soils severely limit agricultural output, and Libya imports about 75% of its food requirements. Higher oil prices in 1999 and 2000 led to an increase in export revenues, which improved macroeconomic balances and helped to stimulate the economy. Following the suspension of UN sanctions in 1999, Libya has been trying to increase its attractiveness to foreign investors, and several foreign companies have visited in search of contracts.
Electricity - consumption 17.577 billion kWh (1999)
Electricity - exports 0 kWh (1999)
Electricity - imports 0 kWh (1999)
Electricity - production 18.9 billion kWh (1999)
Electricity - production by source fossil fuel:



0% (1999)
Elevation extremes lowest point:
Sabkhat Ghuzayyil -47 m

highest point:
Bikku Bitti 2,267 m
Environment - current issues desertification; very limited natural fresh water resources; the Great Manmade River Project, the largest water development scheme in the world, is being built to bring water from large aquifers under the Sahara to coastal cities
Environment - international agreements party to:
Climate Change, Desertification, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Wetlands

signed, but not ratified:
Biodiversity, Law of the Sea, Nuclear Test Ban
Ethnic groups Berber and Arab 97%, Greeks, Maltese, Italians, Egyptians, Pakistanis, Turks, Indians, Tunisians
Exchange rates Libyan dinars per US dollar - 0.5101 (January 2001), 0.5081 (2000), 0.4616 (1999), 0.3785 (1998), 0.3891 (1997), 0.3651 (1996)

Libya currently has two rates for foreign trade; one for government operations and foreign companies and one for Libyan individuals (0.45 dinars per US dollar in December 1998)
Executive branch chief of state:
Revolutionary Leader Col. Muammar Abu Minyar al-QADHAFI (since 1 September 1969); note - holds no official title, but is de facto chief of state

head of government:
Secretary of the General People's Committee (Premier) Mubarak al-SHAMEKH (since 2 March 2000)

General People's Committee established by the General People's Congress

national elections are indirect through a hierarchy of people's committees; head of government elected by the General People's Congress; election last held 2 March 2000 (next to be held NA)

election results:
Mubarak al-SHAMEKH elected premier; percent of General People's Congress vote - NA%
Exports 0 kWh (1999)
Exports $13.9 billion (f.o.b., 2000 est.)
Exports - commodities crude oil, refined petroleum products
Exports - partners Italy 33%, Germany 24%, Spain 10%, France 5%, Turkey 4%, Tunisia 4% (1999)
Fiscal year calendar year
Flag description plain green; green is the traditional color of Islam (the state religion)
GDP purchasing power parity - $45.4 billion (2000 est.)
GDP - composition by sector agriculture:


46% (1997 est.)
GDP - per capita purchasing power parity - $8,900 (2000 est.)
GDP - real growth rate 6.5% (2000 est.)
Geographic coordinates 25 00 N, 17 00 E
Highways total:
24,484 km

6,800 km

17,684 km (1996)
Household income or consumption by percentage share lowest 10%:

highest 10%:
Imports 0 kWh (1999)
Imports $7.6 billion (f.o.b., 2000 est.)
Imports - commodities machinery, transport equipment, food, manufactured goods
Imports - partners Italy 24%, Germany 12%, Tunisia 9%, UK 7%, France 6%, South Korea 5% (1999)
Independence 24 December 1951 (from Italy)
Industrial production growth rate NA%
Industries petroleum, food processing, textiles, handicrafts, cement
Infant mortality rate 28.99 deaths/1,000 live births (2001 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices) 18.5% (2000 est.)
International organization participation ABEDA, AfDB, AFESD, AL, AMF, AMU, CAEU, CCC, ECA, FAO, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Interpol, IOC, ISO, ITU, MONUC, NAM, OAPEC, OAU, OIC, OPEC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO
Internet Service Providers (ISPs) 1 (2000)
Irrigated land 4,700 sq km (1993 est.)
Judicial branch Supreme Court
Labor force 1.5 million (2000 est.)
Labor force - by occupation services and government 54%, industry 29%, agriculture 17% (1997 est.)
Land boundaries total:
4,383 km

border countries:
Algeria 982 km, Chad 1,055 km, Egypt 1,150 km, Niger 354 km, Sudan 383 km, Tunisia 459 km
Land use arable land:

permanent crops:

permanent pastures:

forests and woodland:

91% (1993 est.)
Languages Arabic, Italian, English, all are widely understood in the major cities
Legal system based on Italian civil law system and Islamic law; separate religious courts; no constitutional provision for judicial review of legislative acts; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction
Legislative branch unicameral General People's Congress (NA seats; members elected indirectly through a hierarchy of people's committees)
Life expectancy at birth total population:
75.65 years

73.53 years

77.88 years (2001 est.)
Literacy definition:
age 15 and over can read and write

total population:


63% (1995 est.)
Location Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Egypt and Tunisia
Map references Africa
Maritime claims territorial sea:
12 NM

Gulf of Sidra closing line - 32 degrees, 30 minutes north
Merchant marine total:
28 ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling 399,725 GRT/654,843 DWT

ships by type:
cargo 10, chemical tanker 1, liquefied gas 3, petroleum tanker 6, roll on/roll off 4, short-sea passenger 4 (2000 est.)
Military branches Army, Navy, Air and Air Defense Command
Military expenditures - dollar figure $1.3 billion (FY99/00)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP 3.9% (FY99/00)
Military manpower - availability males age 15-49:
1,459,400 (2001 est.)
Military manpower - fit for military service males age 15-49:
866,012 (2001 est.)
Military manpower - military age 17 years of age
Military manpower - reaching military age annually males:
61,694 (2001 est.)
National holiday Revolution Day, 1 September (1969)
Nationality noun:

Natural hazards hot, dry, dust-laden ghibli is a southern wind lasting one to four days in spring and fall; dust storms, sandstorms
Natural resources petroleum, natural gas, gypsum
Net migration rate 0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2001 est.)
Pipelines crude oil 4,383 km; petroleum products 443 km (includes liquefied petroleum gas or LPG 256 km); natural gas 1,947 km
Political parties and leaders none
Political pressure groups and leaders various Arab nationalist movements with almost negligible memberships may be functioning clandestinely, as well as some Islamic elements
Population 5,240,599

includes 662,669 non-nationals, of which an estimated 500,000 or more are Africans living in Libya (July 2001 est.)
Population below poverty line NA%
Population growth rate 2.42% (2001 est.)
Ports and harbors Al Khums, Banghazi, Darnah, Marsa al Burayqah, Misratah, Ra's Lanuf, Tobruk, Tripoli, Zuwarah
Radio broadcast stations AM 17, FM 4, shortwave 3 (1998)
Radios 1.35 million (1997)
Railways note:
Libya has had no railroad in operation since 1965, all previous systems having been dismantled; current plans are to construct a 1.435-m standard gauge line from the Tunisian frontier to Tripoli and Misratah, then inland to Sabha, center of a mineral-rich area, but there has been little progress; other plans made jointly with Egypt would establish a rail line from As Sallum, Egypt, to Tobruk with completion originally set for mid-1994; Libya signed contracts with two private companies - Bahne of Egypt and Jez Sistemas Ferroviarios of Spain - in 1998 for the supply of crossings and pointwork (1001)
Religions Sunni Muslim 97%
Sex ratio at birth:
1.05 male(s)/female

under 15 years:
1.04 male(s)/female

15-64 years:
1.07 male(s)/female

65 years and over:
0.97 male(s)/female

total population:
1.06 male(s)/female (2001 est.)
Suffrage 18 years of age; universal and compulsory
Telephone system general assessment:
telecommunications system is being modernized; mobile cellular telephone system became operational in 1996

microwave radio relay, coaxial cable, cellular, tropospheric scatter, and a domestic satellite system with 14 earth stations

satellite earth stations - 4 Intelsat, NA Arabsat, and NA Intersputnik; submarine cables to France and Italy; microwave radio relay to Tunisia and Egypt; tropospheric scatter to Greece; participant in Medarabtel (1999)
Telephones - main lines in use 380,000 (1996)
Telephones - mobile cellular NA
Television broadcast stations 12 (plus one low-power repeater) (1998)
Terrain mostly barren, flat to undulating plains, plateaus, depressions
Total fertility rate 3.64 children born/woman (2001 est.)
Unemployment rate 30% (2000 est.)
Waterways none
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