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Learn more about Libya.
Flag of Libya Libya
Population: 5,631,585 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: Tripoli
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An Introduction to Libya
From the earliest days of his rule following his 1969 military coup, Col. Muammar Abu Minyar al-QADHAFI has espoused his own political system, the Third Universal Theory. The system is a combination of socialism and Islam derived in part from tribal practices and is supposed to be implemented by the Libyan people themselves in a unique form of "direct democracy." QADHAFI has always seen himself as a revolutionary and visionary leader. He used oil funds during the 1970s and 1980s to promote his ideology outside Libya, supporting subversives and terrorists abroad to hasten the end of Marxism and capitalism. In addition, beginning in 1973, he engaged in military operations in northern Chad's Aozou Strip to gain access to minerals and to use as a base of influence in Chadian politics. Chadian forces were able to force the Libyans to retreat from the Aozou Strip in 1987.

UN sanctions in the 1990s isolated QADHAFI politically following the downing of Pan AM Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Later, when QADHAFI found that he could not easily break free of the sanctions and when he realized that Arab nations were lukewarm to his many unusual political initiatives, he turned his attention to Africa where he achieved mixed success at influence-building. Libyan support for terrorism appears to have decreased after UN sanctions were imposed in 1992. During the 1990s QADHAFI also began to rebuild his relationships with Europe. UN sanctions were suspended in April 1999 and finally lifted in September 2003 after Libya resolved the Lockerbie case. In December 2003, Libya announced that it had agreed to reveal and end its programs to develop weapons of mass destruction.

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Map of Libya ( Location ) : 25 00 N, 17 00 E, Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Egypt and Tunisia. For additional reports and educational information specific to Libya, refer to the Country Info menubar to the upper right.

About the Flag The Libyan Flag
Plain green; green is the traditional color of Islam (the state religion).

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Facts
Some interesting facts and figures about Libya.

Pop Growth Rate / Year:
    • 2.37%

Avg. Life Expectancy:
    • 74.1 yrs - Male
    • 78.58 yrs - Female

Phone Lines:
    • 750,000 (2003)

Televisions:
    • 730,000 (1997)

Radios:
    • 1,350,000 (1997)

Internet Code:
    • .ly

Did you know ... People from Libya are called Libyans
 

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Data Source: Central Intelligence Agency 2004 World Factbook