About Libya


Location
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Libya is located in North Africa, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Egypt to the east, Sudan to the southeast, Chad and Niger to the south and Algeria and Tunisia to the west. Libya is the fourth largest country in Africa.

Capital City and Administrative Units
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Capital of Libya is Tripoli. Some large cities of the country are Benghazi, Misurata, Tobruq, Sebha, Zawiya and Sirte.

Climate
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In Libya, the climate is Mediterranean in the coastal strip, and desert in the interior. Dry and desert climate are seen in the interior. Along the coast, winters are rainy and mild, summers are dry and very hot. Temperature reaches up to 45 °C during July-August, the hottest time of the year. Dust storms are frequently seen in September-April.

Time Zone
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Libya uses the UTC+2 time zone. Libya is one hour behind Turkey. Libya does not employ daylight saving time.

Language
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Official language of Libya is Arabic.

Currency
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Currency of Libya is Libyan Dinar (LD).

Telephone Code
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International telephone code of Libya is +218.

Units of Measurement
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Metric system is used in Libya.

Direction of the Traffic
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Libya uses right-hand traffic.

Public Holidays
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National Holidays
17 February: February 17th Revolution
1 May: Labor Day
16 September: Martyr's Day
23 October: Liberation Day
24 December: Independence Day
Religious Holidays
Eid Al-Fitr
Eid Al-Adha
Birthday of Prophet Muhammad
Hijri New Year

Working Hours
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There are five workdays in a week in Libya. Friday is public holiday. Although it depends on the type of the business, working hours are generally between 08:00 and 14:00. Private sector works between 07:00-14:00 and 16:00-18:30 in summer, 08:00-13:00 and 16:00-18:30 in winter. Shopping hours are between 09:00-14:00 and 14:30-20:30.

Traveling from Turkey to Libya
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Easiest and fastest mean of transport from Turkey to Libya is flight. There are flights from our country to largest biggest of Libya. Flight takes approximately three and a half hours.

Transport in Libya
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It is possible to take taxi or bus from the airport to the cities in Libya. Taxi fee is approximately 20 LD. Highways lies along the Mediterranean coast connects many big cities. Highway transportation between Tripoli and Benghazi takes approximately 12 hours.

Economy
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The Economy of Libya depends primarily upon revenues from the petroleum sector, which represents over 95% of export earnings and 60% of GDP. These oil revenues and a small population have given Libya one of the highest nominal per capita GDP in Africa.

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