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Country (long form) Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
Capital Tripoli
Total Area 679,362.19 sq mi
1,759,540.00 sq km
(slightly larger than Alaska)
Population 5,240,599 (July 2001 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050 10,817,176
Languages Arabic, Italian, English, all are widely understood in the major cities
Literacy 76.2% total, 87.9% male, 63% female (1995 est.)
Religions Sunni Muslim 97%
Life Expectancy 73.53 male, 77.88 female (2001 est.)
Government Type Jamahiriya (a state of the masses) in theory, governed by the populace through local councils; in fact, a military dictatorship
Currency 1 Libyan dinar (LD) = 1,000 dirhams
GDP (per capita) $8,900 (2000 est.)
Industry petroleum, food processing, textiles, handicrafts, cement
Agriculture wheat, barley, olives, dates, citrus, vegetables, peanuts, soybeans; cattle
Arable Land 1%
Natural Resources petroleum, natural gas, gypsum
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Libya, or The Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, a country in North Africa.

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History of Libya

From the earliest antiquity Berbers have inhabited Libya. They conquered Egypt in the 10th century B.C.and ruled it for about a hundred years.