Libya: Resources

Moises Saman for The New York Times

An international campaign to force Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi from power gathered pace on Monday as the Obama administration seized Libyan assets and the European Union adopted an arms embargo and other sanctions. Pro-Qaddafi demonstrators chanted slogans during a visit by reporters to the Roman ruins at Sabratha, 40 miles west of Tripoli.

Libya Navigator

A list of resources from around the Web about Libya as selected by researchers and editors of The New York Times.


General Information on Libya

  • Official Name: Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
    Capital: Tripoli (Current local time)
    Government Type: Jamahiriya (a state of the masses) in theory, governed by the populace through local councils; in practice, an authoritarian state.
    Population: 6.037 million (2007, est.) 
    Area: 679,362 square miles, or slightly larger than Alaska.
    Languages: Arabic, Italian, English, all are widely understood in the major cities.
    Literacy: Total Population: 82.6%; Male: 92.4%; Female: 72% (2003 est.)
    GDP Per Capita: $12,300 (2003)
    Year of Independence: 1951

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