Libya Demographics

What is the population of Libya?

Population 6,890,535
Population - note note: immigrants make up just over 12% of the total population, according to UN data
Population Growth Rate 4.85%
Urban Population 77.7%
Population in Major Urban Areas TRIPOLI (capital) 1.127 million
Nationality Noun Libyan(s)
Nationality Adjective Libyan
Ethnic Groups Berber and Arab 97%, Greeks, Maltese, Italians, Egyptians, Pakistanis, Turks, Indians, Tunisians
Languages Spoken Arabic, Italian, English, all are widely understood in the major cities

Libya Health Information

What are the health conditions in Libya?

Death Rate - deaths/1,000 population 3.56
Drinking Water Source - percent of rural population improved 54.9%
Drinking Water Source - percent of total population unimproved 45.6%
Drinking Water Source - percent of urban population improved 54.2%
Health Expenditures - percent of GDP 4.4%
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate 0.3%
Hospital Bed Density - beds/1,000 population 3.7
Infant Mortality Rate - female deaths/1,000 live births 11.22
Infant Mortality Rate - male deaths/1,000 live births 13.25
Infant Mortality Rate - total deaths/1,000 live births 12.26
Maternal Mortality Rate - deaths/100,000 live births 58
Obesity - adult prevalence rate 27.8%
People Living with HIV/AIDS 10,000
Physicians Density - physicians/1,000 population 1.9
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of total population unimproved 3.4%
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of urban population improved 96.8%
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of rural population improved 95.7%
Total Fertility Rate - children born/woman 2.09
Underweight - percent of children under five years 5.6%

Libya Life Expectancy

How long do people live in Libya?

Life Expectancy at Birth 75 Years
Life Expectancy at Birth - female 77 Years
Life Expectancy at Birth - male 74 Years
Median Age 27 Years
Median Age - female 26 Years
Median Age - male 27 Years

Libya Infant Mortality - per 1,000 live births

Libya median age, birth rate and death rates

Birth Rate - births/1,000 population 19
Death Rate - deaths/1,000 population 3.56
Median Age 27 Years
Median Age - female 26 Years
Median Age - male 27 Years
Net Migration Rate - migrant(s)/1,000 population 33.32
Population Growth Rate 4.85%
Sex Ratio 0-14 Years - male/female 1.05
Sex Ratio 15-24 Years - male/female 1.07
Sex Ratio 25-54 Years - male/female 1.1
Sex Ratio 55-64 Years - male/female 1.08
Sex Ratio at Birth - male/female 1.05
Sex Ratio of Total Population - male/female 1.08
Sex Ratio Over 64 Years - male/female 1.04

Libya Medical Information

What are the health conditions in Libya?

Medical Facilities and Health Information

While some health care providers have been trained in the United States or Europe, basic modern medical care and/or medicines may not be available in Libya. Many Libyan citizens prefer to be treated outside Libya for serious medical conditions.

Libya Education

What is school like in Libya?

Literacy - female 72%
Literacy - male 92.4%
Literacy - total population 82.6%
Literacy Definition age 15 and over can read and write
School Life Expectancy - female 16 Years
School Life Expectancy - male 16 Years
Total School Life Expectancy - (primary to tertiary) 16 Years

Libya Literacy

Can people in Libya read?

Literacy - female 72%
Literacy - male 92.4%
Literacy - total population 82.6%
Literacy Definition age 15 and over can read and write
Predominant Language Arabic, Italian, English, all are widely understood in the major cities

Libya Crime

Is Libya a safe place to visit?

Crime Information

Crime levels in Libya are rising. There have been increased reports of armed robbery, carjacking, burglary, and crimes involving weapons. The Libyan police and internal security institutions have not fully reconstituted themselves since the revolution. Thousands of criminals who were released from prisons by the former regime or who escaped following the revolution remain at large. Hundreds of thousands of small arms looted from government storage facilities are now in the hands of the local population, contributing to the rise in violent crime.

Libya Penalties for Crime

Criminal Penalties

While you are traveling in Libya, you are subject to Libyan laws even if you are a U.S. citizen. Foreign laws and legal systems can be very different from our own. You may be taken in for questioning if you don’t have your passport with you. It is illegal to take pictures of certain buildings, especially military and government facilities. Driving under the influence can result in immediate detention. There are also some things that might be legal in Libya, but still illegal in the United States. You can be prosecuted under U.S. law if you buy pirated goods. Engaging in sexual conduct with children or using or disseminating child pornography in a foreign country is a crime prosecutable in the United States. If you break local laws in Libya, your U.S. passport won’t help you avoid arrest or prosecution. It’s very important to know what’s legal and what’s not before you go.

Persons violating Libyan laws, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Libya are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines. Alcohol is also prohibited in Libya, and possessing, using, or trafficking in alcohol can carry severe penalties. Libyan customs authorities enforce strict regulations concerning the introduction into Libya or removal from Libya of firearms, religious materials, antiquities, medications, and currency. The importation and consumption of alcohol, pornography, and pork products are illegal in Libya. Please see our Customs information.

While some countries will automatically notify the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate if a U.S. citizen is detained or arrested in a foreign country, that might not always be the case. To ensure that the United States is aware of your circumstances, request that the police and prison officials notify the U.S. embassy as soon as you are arrested or detained.

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