7 Facts about Libya
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In this brief video you can find seven little known facts about Libya.
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1. Libya is about the size of Alaska. In fact it’s ranked as the 16th largest country in the world, much larger than any European country (except Russia of course). However, as of 2017, it has a population of just over 6 million, (107th), which makes it smaller than Serbia, Austria or Israel.
2. In Libya’s entire history, it only had one King. King Idris reigned from 1951 until he was overthrown by Colonel Gaddafi (also spelled Qadhafi) in 1969.
3. Much of the central and eastern area of the country is covered by the Libyan Desert. The Libyan Desert is one of the most sun-baked and arid places on earth. There is no average rainfall — the land may go for decades with no rain and the highlands for five to ten years without it.
4. Tripoli is a Greek word that means “three cities”. The Arabic name for it is Tarabulus. It is located on the edge of the desert on a point of rocky land that projects out into the Mediterranean, forming a small bay.
5. During the latter years of Gaddafi’s regime, the country’s full official name was the “Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya”.
6. Tripoli, the capital of Libya, was in a position to help protect American ships from attack by Barbary pirates in the 19th century (since, after all, some of them were based there!) By paying protection to the Sultan, the U.S. ships sailed the Mediterranean unmolested. When the price went up, the two countries went to war, twice, in what came to be known as the Barbary Wars.
7. Libya has undertaken one of the world’s biggest ever water projects, called ‘Great Manmade River Project. It is designed to carry vast quantities of sub-Saharan water to the coastal regions for irrigation, industry and drinking.
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