10 Fast Facts about Libya

Post On: January 7, 2017
By: Agustina

Facts about Libya explain a country located in North Africa. It is included in Maghreb region. It shares border with other countries like Tunisia, Algeria, Niger, Chad, and Egypt. The Mediterranean Sea is spotted to the north. Tripolitania, Fezzan and Cyrenaica are considered as the traditional divisions in Libya. It covers the areas of 700,000 square miles or 1.8 million sq km. Let us get other interesting facts about Libya below:

Facts about Libya 1: the oil reserves

Libya has many oil reserves. In the world, the oil reserve of Libya is ranked on the tenth place.

Facts about Libya

Facts about Libya

Facts about Libya 2: Tripoli

Tripoli is inhabited by at least a million people. It is situated in western Libya. It serves as the capital and largest city.

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Facts about Libya 3: the Berbers

Since the late Bronze Age, the Berbers had settled in Libya. The country had been under the rules of various people such as the Greeks, Egyptians, Persians and Carthaginians.

Facts about Libya 4: Roman Empire

Then Libya was controlled by the Roman Empire. Christianity was centered in Libya.  Until the seventh century, the Vandals controlled Libya due to the collapse of Western Roman Empire. Tripoli was at the hand of the Spanish Empire and the Knights of St John in 16th century. In 1551, the country was ruled by the Ottoman Empire.

Libya History

Libya History

Facts about Libya 5: the Barbary Wars

In 18th and 19th centuries, Libya took part in the Barbary Wars. The Italian occupation in Libya marked the end of the ottoman rule. In 1911 until 1943, the Italian Libya colony was established. In 1951, an independent kingdom appeared in Libya.

Facts about Libya 6: a military coup

King Idris I was overthrown from his power due to a military coup in 1969 where Muammar Gaddafi appeared as the prominent figure.

Libya

Libya

Facts about Libya 7: the power of Muammar Gaddafi

Muammar Gaddafi was a powerful man in Libya. He ruled the country until 2011. His power ended because of rebellion from the civilians supported by NATO.

Facts about Libya 8: the cuisine

The cuisine of Libya is heavily affected by the traditional Arab, Bedouin and Italian cuisines. The staple of the East Library is rice. The people in Western part of Libya like to eat pasta as their staple food.

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Facts about Libya 9: Bazeen

Bazeen is a common dish served during the festivities and traditional wedding. It is made of barley flour with red tomato sauce. The sweet version of Bazeen is available. It is called asida. The sauce for asida is made of ghree and honey.

Libya Flag

Libya Flag

Facts about Libya 10: khubs bi’ tun

Khubs bi’ tun is considered as a popular snack for the Libyans. This pita bread is filled with tuna fish.

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