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Libya has been at the forefront of the news in recent years, for its political events, including a civil war, revolution, and emerging new government. In its long history, Libya has been inhabited since around 8000 BC by ancestors of the Berbers, and later colonized by Phoenicians, Greeks, and Romans. Libya fell to the Muslims conquests, then later Ottomans, and eventually came under Italian rule, when it received its current name. Libya declared independence on December 24, 1951, becoming the United Kingdom of Libya. Arab Spring, beginning on February 17, 2011, was movement of uprising by the people of Libya, culminating in Libyan liberation on October 23, 2011.
The population of Libya is over 6,500,000, though the majority of the population resides along the coast. The three largest cities are Tripoli, Benghazi, and Misrata. The main language is Libyan Arabic, with Berber languages spoken by a minority of the population. There are also speakers of Italian and English, primarily the older generation living in the cities. The main religion in Libya is Islam, with the vast majority following Sunni Islam.
Last Updated On : April 17, 2013
Facts about Libya
Latitude and Longitude29.9569° N, 15.7461° E
Area 1,759,541 sq km ( 679,359 sq miles)
Time Zone CET (UTC+1)
International AirportTripoli International Airport, La Abraq International Airport, Benina International Airport, Ghadames Airport
Points of InterestTheatre at Leptis Magna, Temple of Zeus in Cyrene, Gurgi Mosque, Martyr's Square , Meditarranean rocky coast lof Libya, Ghadames, Lake in Ubari in the Libyan Desert