Libya is a north African country with Egypt on its eastern border and the Mediterranean Sea north of it. Its largest city is the capital, Tripoli. Over one million of Libya’s six million residents live in this city.
The official language of Libya is Arabic. Many local languages are spoken throughout the city too. In addition, Italian and English are spoken as secondary languages, mainly for commerce.
- Products of companies that do business in Israel, notably Coca Cola, are prohibited in Libya.
- Over 95 percent of Libya is part of the Sahara Desert. Interestingly enough, “Sahara” is an Arabic word that means desert.
- The highest recorded temperature on Earth was 136°F (58°C) in Libya in 1922.
- Some of the highest peaks of the Sahara Desert, which are in Libya, are snowcapped during the winter due to their height.
- Libya is highly influenced by Italy’s culture. However, it is part of the wider Arabic community. This means that the art, music and other cultural elements are some of the most varied in Africa and around the world.
- The literacy rate in Libya is extraordinarily high, currently at around 97 percent, and schooling is compulsory up to the secondary level.
- Sports are very important to the residents of Libya. While athletes participate in many sports, football (soccer) is the most popular.