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Libya, known officially as the State of Libya, is a country in the Maghreb region of North Africa bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Egypt to the east, Sudan to the southeast, Chad and Niger to the south, and Algeria and Tunisia to the west.
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- Capital: Tripoli
- Population: Nearly 6.3 million people
- Area: 1,759,541 sq. kilometres
- Currency: Libyan dinar (LYD)
- Government: Provisional government
- Some parts of Libya are not under the control of the government.
- Libya gained independence from Italy in 1947.
- In 1951, Libya was released from British and French oversight.
- The official religion of Libya is Islam, and the official language spoken in Libya is Arabic.
History Of Libya:
- In 630 BCE, the ancient Greeks colonized
- Eastern Libya and founded the city of Cyrene.
- By 525 BCE, the area known as Cyrenaica was riled by the Persians.
- The region was annexed by the Roman Empire, who controlled it until the Rashidun army conquered the area in 647.
- The Ottoman Empire ruled in the area from 1551 to 1911 as the Eyalet of Tripolitania, and from 1911-1943, Italy took control.
- In 1934, Italy gave the area the official name of “Libya”, and split it up into three provinces names Cyrenaica, Tripolitania, and Fezzan.
- During The Second World War, and up until 1951, Libya was under Allied occupation, with the British looking after Tripolitania and Cyrenaica, and the French looking after Fezzan.
- During the 1970s, Libya experienced severe political unrest, with coups and social restrictions put into place, as well as strict laws and attacks made by rebel forces within the country.
- In 2011, Libya was engulfed in a full-scale revolt against Muammar Gaddafi, who had gained power in a 1969 coup.
- Since the end of the Libyan revolts, the country has been living in chaos, torn among rivalling groups affiliated with distinct regions, cities, and tribes.
- Tribal militias and jihadist groups have taken turns trying to control various parts of the country.
- The international community continues to support Libya to rebuild its human rights and the justice system
Geography & Economy Of Libya:
- Libya is located on the Mediterranean between Egypt and Tunisia.
- Coastal oases, lagoons, and sandy areas can be found along the shore of Tripolitania for more than 300km.
- Libya is the fourth largest country in Africa.
- The two dominant climates in Libya are hot-summer Mediterranean and the hot desert climate, although a total of 5 different zones have been recognized.
- In the highlands of Libya, the weather is cooler.
- Rainfall in the country is erratic, and drought is common in many areas.
- Most of Libya’s terrain is barren and flat, and the country is susceptible to dust storms and sandstorms.
- Very few animals live in Libya, but you can find hyenas, gazelles, and golden wolves. Reptiles and rodents can also be found in Libya.
- The Libyan economy relies mostly on profits from their oil supply.
- Apart from oil, Libya also receives revenue from the energy sector.
- Their economy has a lack of diversification, and the country relies a lot on immigrant labour.
- Libya has high levels of social inequality, high rates of unemployment, and regional economic disparities.
- Natural and environmental conditions limit Libya’s agricultural production potential, as the discovery of oil dominates the economy.
- Libya’s lack of institutions, weak governance and unemployment mean problems for the country and its future.
Culture and Demographics in Libya
- Many Arabs in Libya class themselves in a far-reaching Arab community.
- Under the Qaddafi regime, cultural expression in the form of theatres and art galleries were banned. Only a few cinemas show select foreign films.
- Folk culture in Libya is still alive, and people still frequently perform music and dance at festivals both in Libya, and around the world.
- The majority of TV watched in Libya focuses around politics, military, and traditional Libyan music and dance. Some English and French programs are allowed.
- The capital of Libya, Tripoli, has many museums and libraries, where people can visit and explore Libyan culture.
- There are several beaches and archaeological sites in Libya, and there are no railway services in the country.
- Libyan food is a fusion of Italian and traditional Arab influences. Pasta is the staple food in the west areas of Libya, and rice is generally the staple in the east. These grains are typically served with lamb or chicken and couscous with red sauce and vegetables.
- It is common for Libyans to drink black tea after a meal, and later on, to indulge in roasted nuts, such as peanuts or almonds.
- Libya is a large country with a small population. 90% of people live in less than 10% of the total area.
- Family life is important in Libya.
- The official language in Libya is Arabic, and 97% of the population identifies as Muslim, most of whom belong to the Sunni branch.
- Libya was once home to one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world.
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Libya Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about Libya, which is known officially as the State of Libya. It is a country in the Maghreb region of North Africa bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Egypt to the east, Sudan to the southeast, Chad and Niger to the south, and Algeria and Tunisia to the west.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- Libya Facts.
- Weather Chart.
- True or False?
- Libya Crossword.
- Geographic Map of Libya.
- Libya Acrostic.
- Unscrambling Activity.
- Libyan Cuisine.
- Would you visit Libya?
- Libya Wordsearch.
- Gaddafi Profile.
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