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Libya is pronounced li·bee·uh” and is one of the 6 countries located in North Africa. The name Libya derived from the Egyptian term Libu. This country gained its independence on December 24, 1951 from Italy. This country is known for containing some of the world’s most well-preserved ruins from ancient civilizations. Continue reading below to learn more about the beautiful African country, Libya.

Libya flag simple illustration for independence day or election

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What Does The Libya Flag Represent?

  • STRIPES: represent the 3 provinces (Tripolitania, Cyrenaica, and Fezzan)
  • WHITE: represents peace, while black means battle.
  • GREEN: symbolizes the pastures as well as Islam
  • RED: represents the sword

Where is Libya located?

Libya is located in Northern Africa bordered by Tunisia, Algeria, Niger, Chad, Sudan and Egypt.

World Data Locator Map, Libya

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Facts About Libya:

  1. Capital: Tripoli
  2. Population: 6.9 Million
  3. Nationality: Libyan
  4. Libya made up of 3 provinces
  5. Drinking alcohol is illegal in Libya
  6. Side of road to drive on: Right


What Are The Official Languages of Libya?

Arabic is the official language of Libya.

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What Is The Currency of Libya?

Dinar is the currency used in Libya.

$1 = 4.90

$20 = 98.01

$60 = 294.03

Background of Libyan money dinars banknotes with portraits of Omar Al-Mukhtar and Muammar Gaddafi on some banknotes, selective focus of different banknotes from Libya of different values and years

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Some of the popular music genres in Libya are; Andalusi music, Maluf, folk Tuareg music, and Libyan reggae.

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What Are The Religions of Libya?

Religion: In Libya, the 2 main religions practiced are; Islam (97%) and Christianity (2.7%)


What Are The Traditional Foods of Libya?

Popular dishes in Libya are shakshouka which is chopped lamb and vegetables in tomato sauce with an egg on top and Mbakbaka, learn how to make this pasta dish in the video below…

Tourist Attractions

Places to visit in Libya:


I hope this information has given you more insight into Libya but there is so much more to learn! Visit their tourism website here to see more.

Also be sure to checkout articles on each of the 54 countries in Africa by clicking here: Countries of Africa