Largest Cities in Libya

Facts about Libya

Official languages: Arabic, Italian, English
Capital: Tripoli
Area: 1,759,540 km²
Population: 6.5 million residents
Population density: 3.67 residents per km²
Currency: LYD
Internet TLD: .ly
ISO codes: LY, LBY, 434
The dialing code for Libyan -Arabic Jamahiriya is +218

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Libya is a state in northern Africa. Libya is divided into the traditional landscapes of Tripolitania in the west, Fezzan in the south, Cyrenaica (Cyrene) in the east and the Libyan desert. Only 2.5% of the area can be used for agriculture. But there are significant natural gas and oil reserves. Libya is the only country in the world that does not have a single constant river: it only has so-called wadis, which only temporarily carry water after heavy rainfall.

Libya has been a sovereign state since 1951 and was a kingdom until 1969. In 1969, Muammar al-Gaddafi came to power in a military coup. In February 2011 his dictatorial rule began to crumble as a result of Libyan investment losses in the financial crisis; the Libyan civil war began. From March to October 2011 an international military intervention took place on the side of Gaddafi’s opponents, in the course of which the dictator was killed.

In May 2014, the power vacuum gave rise to a second civil war in which rival militias fought against each other, which led to the political and economic collapse and the division of the country into a western and an eastern power bloc. On December 17, 2015, a peace treaty was agreed between the rival camps from Tobruk and Tripoli, which provides for the reconstruction of the state and its institutions and a unity government by 2018. On March 30, 2016, the unity government in Tripoli began its work. However, even after the peace treaty, Libya remained divided into a western part of the country that supported al-Sarradsch and an eastern part.

Biggest Cities of Libya by Population

# City Population Latitude Longitude
1 Tripoli, Libya 1,151,100 32.8752 13.1875
2 Benghazi, Libya 650,740 32.1149 20.0686
3 Misratah, Libya 386,231 32.3754 15.0925
4 Tarhuna, Libya 210,808 32.435 13.6332
5 Al Khums, Libya 202,054 32.6486 14.2619
6 Az Zawiyah, Libya 200,111 32.7571 12.7276
7 Zawiya, Libya 186,234 32.7522 12.7278
8 Ajdabiya, Libya 134,469 30.7554 20.2262
9 Al Ajaylat, Libya 130,657 32.7572 12.3763
10 Sabha, Libya 130,111 27.0377 14.4283
11 Sirte, Libya 128,234 31.2089 16.5887
12 Al Jadid, Libya 126,497 27.05 14.4
13 Tobruk, Libya 121,163 32.0896 23.9538
14 Zliten, Libya 110,083 32.4674 14.5687
15 Sabratah, Libya 102,149 32.7934 12.4885
16 Tagiura, Libya 100,111 32.8817 13.3506
17 Al Marj, Libya 85,426 32.4926 20.8291
18 Gharyan, Libya 85,330 32.1722 13.0203
19 Darnah, Libya 78,893 32.767 22.6367
20 Al Bayda’, Libya 74,705 32.7627 21.7551
21 Yafran, Libya 67,749 32.0633 12.5286
22 Bani Walid, Libya 46,461 31.7455 13.9835
23 At Taj, Libya 46,161 24.2049 23.2857
24 Zuwarah, Libya 45,111 32.9312 12.082
25 Murzuq, Libya 43,843 25.9155 13.9184
26 Ubari, Libya 43,086 26.5903 12.7751
27 Brak, Libya 39,555 27.5496 14.2714
28 Zintan, Libya 33,111 31.9315 12.2529
29 Al Abyar, Libya 32,674 32.19 20.5965
30 Waddan, Libya 27,701 29.1614 16.139
31 Nalut, Libya 26,367 31.8685 10.9812
32 Mizdah, Libya 26,218 31.4493 12.9853
33 Surman, Libya 25,346 32.7567 12.5716
34 Al Qubbah, Libya 24,742 32.7568 22.2411
35 Ghat, Libya 24,458 24.9633 10.18
36 Masallatah, Libya 23,813 32.6167 14
37 Tukrah, Libya 23,275 32.5341 20.5791
38 Az Zuwaytinah, Libya 21,126 30.9522 20.1202
39 Hun, Libya 18,989 29.1268 15.9477
40 Zaltan, Libya 17,811 32.947 11.8667
41 Al Jawf, Libya 17,431 24.1989 23.2909
42 Qaryat Suluq, Libya 15,654 31.6682 20.2521
43 Al Burayqah, Libya 13,891 30.4062 19.5739
44 Al Bardiyah, Libya 9,260 31.756 25.0866
45 Ghadamis, Libya 7,111 30.1337 9.50072
46 Awjilah, Libya 6,721 29.1081 21.2869
47 Giado, Libya 6,124 31.9551 12.029
48 Idri, Libya 4,722 27.4471 13.0517
49 Al ‘Aziziyah, Libya 4,111 32.5319 13.0175

Libya: Tripoli

Libya’s capital is Tripoli. The word is derived from the Greek and means “three cities”. This is what the Greeks called this region in which the three ancient cities of Oea, Sabratha and Leptis Magna were located. Today’s Tripoli was originally Oea, but the name Tripoli was then transferred to the largest of the three cities.

Tripoli is located on the Mediterranean Sea, in the northwest of Libya. About 1.8 million people live here. Tripoli is the country’s political, economic and cultural center.

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