Libya
Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

Capital
Tripoli

Area
679,358 sq mi
1,759,540 sq km


Population
5,499,074 est 2003

Largest city
Tripoli
pop. 1,269,700


Languages
Arabic Italian English

Peoples
Arab Berber 97%, European 1%

Religion
Islam Sunni Muslim 97%

Life Expectancy
total population: 76.28 years
male: 74.1 years
female: 78.58 years (2004 est.)


Literacy
total population: 82.6%
male: 92.4%
female: 72% (2003 est.)


Suffrage
18 years of age; universal and compulsory

Government
A military dictatorship


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