Quick Facts

  • Relinquished by Italy in 1947
  • Gained independence from UK and France in 1951
  • Currently under power by Provisional National Transitional Council after overthrow of Muammar Ghaddafi in 2011
  • Divided into 22 districts
  • Capital city: Tripoli (pop. 1.126 million)
  • Population: 6,411,776
  • Official language: Arabic
  • Climate/Terrain: desert with 90% of country covered by desert; Mediterranean along coast
  • Official religion: Islam (primarily Sunni)
  • Economy: based on oil export
  • Literacy rate: 91%
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • Chief of state: Speaker of the House of Representatives Aqilah Salah Issa (since 2014)
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thini (since 2014)


Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality rate: 9/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 11.48/1,000
  • Life expectancy: 76.26 years
  • Health expenditures: 4.3% GDP
  • Physician density: 1.9/1,000
  • Hospital bed density: 3.7/1,000
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 0.3%
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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