Interesting Libya Facts

Libya is a coastal country located in Northern Africa where it is bordered by Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Niger, Sudan, Tunisia and the Mediterranean Sea. It covers 1,759,540 km2 of land. The total population of Libya is over 6,374,616.

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Libya Fact File: Continent: Africa * Country Name(s): Libya * Location: Northern Africa * Bordering: Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Niger, Sudan, Tunisia and the Mediterranean Sea * Capital City: Tripoli * Size: 1,759,540 km2 * Estimated Population: over 6,374,616 * Currency: Libyan dinar (LYD) * Language(s): Arabic * Country Code: +218

Interesting Libya Facts for Kids

Interesting Facts for Kids 1: Size & location facts
Libya is located on the continent of Africa, where it has a coastal position and is bordered by Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Niger, Sudan, Tunisia and the Mediterranean Sea. There are seven continents in the world: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Antarctica, Australia (Oceania). Africa is the second largest continent in the world, it has 54 countries, spans a total area of 30,370,000 km2 and forms 20.4% of the world's landmass. Libya is a coastal country that stretches over a total area of approximately 1,759,540 km2. It is the fourth largest country by land area in Africa.

Interesting Facts for Kids 2: Population facts
The population of this African country is somewhere in the region of 6,374,616 people. The majority of Libya's inhabitants reside in Tripoli which is the country's most populous city. Libya has an average population when compared to most other countries across the world, its overall population density is approximately 4 people per sq km. The estimated population of Africa is approximately 1,186,178,000 inhabitants, making it the continent with the second largest population in the world. The continents in order of population, starting with highest population first, are: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Australia (Oceania Region) and Antarctica. The total population of the entire world is in excess of 7.6 billion people.

Interesting Facts for Kids 3: Capital & major cities
The capital city of Libya is Tripoli. Other major cities located in this country include Benghazi, Misratah, Tarhuna, Al Khums and Az Zāwīyah.

Interesting Facts for Kids 4: Country borders
The following details provide a guide to Libya's approximate border lengths:
Coastline 1,770 km, Algeria 989 km, Chad 1,050 km, Egypt 1,115 km, Niger 342 km, Sudan 382 km, Tunisia 461 km.

Interesting Facts for Kids 5: Climate and geography facts
Libya experiences an arid desert climate inland and a Mediterranean climate along its coastline. The geography of Libya is dominated by desert or semi desert land, and is formed majorly of barren flatland and areas of higher elevation. The lowest point of Libya is the Sabkhat Ghuzayyil at -47m, and the highest point of elevation is Bikku Bitti at 2,267m.

Interesting Facts for Kids 6: Natural Resources of Libya
Natural resources are materials and substances that can be found occurring naturally on Earth. Natural resources are very important across the world, and can be exploited for economic gain. The level of resources that occur naturally in an individual country are influenced by varying factors such as the geography, climate and location of that country. Some countries are very rich in natural resources, where as others have limited to none. Countries that have particularly rich resources include Russia, The United States, Saudi Arabia and Canada. Food, transport and construction are three of the primary uses of natural resources. For example, fish is a naturally occurring resource that can be caught for food consumption. Crude oils can be refined into different types of fuels in order to power vehicles/cars. Wood/timber from forests can be used to build homes and furniture. The natural resources of Libya include natural gas, petroleum and gypsum.

Interesting Facts for Kids 7: Language facts
The official language of Libya is Arabic. Other languages that are used in this country include Italian, English and Berber languages.

Interesting Facts for Kids 8: Religion facts
The main religion of Libya is Muslim at approximately 96% of the population. The vast majority are Sunni Muslims; one of the main branches of Islam. People belonging to the Islamic religion worship Allah. In the English language, the word Allah refers to God in Islam. Those belonging to the religion of Islam believe in one god. Most of Libya’s population are Muslim and follow the practices of Islam. Around 2% are Christian. The remaining population either belongs to other religions or no religion at all.

Interesting Facts for Kids 9: Symbols of Libya
Every country has its own unique culture, history and identity. Flags, symbols, emblems, mottos, songs, anthems and colors are used by countries worldwide to represent national pride and identity. These national symbols are forged through a nation's unique history and can represent both hardship and prosperity, embodying freedom, strength and unity. Flags, emblems, colors, songs and mottos reflect the past, present and future aspirations of a country, and create an important image to the rest of the world. National symbols can include a mixture of things that are symbolic to a country such as animals, birds, flowers, trees, geographical features, tools of agriculture, crops, and tools of war. Here are some important facts on the symbols, songs and colors of Libya:

  • National symbol(s): star and crescent, hawk

  • National colors: red, black and green

  • National Anthem/Song: Libya, Libya, Libya

  • National Holiday(s): Liberation Day, 23 October (2011)

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