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Libya - market scene - f.e. photo

,, Local people are living in a state of anarchy, without a government of any type, without any sort of investment to create (legal) jobs.
It is practically impossible to travel from one city to the next town without an armed escort.
Permanent problems with electricity, running water, and waste disposal?
A traveler (like anybody else there) may catch a stray bullet or a bomb fragment through no personal action or inaction.
What are prospering?: the illegal arms trade, the slave trade, and people-smuggling.

Many locals openly say that Qaddafi was a dictator, but what is there now is worse..(2019)


Practicals

Shopping

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Libya - market - f.e. photo

Libya - Tripoli - gift shop - s.v. photo

Fun

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Libya - Tuareg band in the Sahara - n.g. photo

Background

Lybia - national flag

Destination in brief

Libya in brief
 
Libya is an Arab country located in North Africa, in the so-called Maghreb region. Neighbors: Algeria (west), Tunisia (northwest), Niger, Chad, Sudan (south), Egypt (east) - Libya has the longest Mediterranean coastline of any African country (1,770 kilometers or 1,100 miles long).
 
Libya was an Italian colony between 1911 and 1947. The country became officially independent as a kingdom in 1951.
 
Size: 1,760,000 km² (679,400 mi²) - almost 90% of the country’s territory is covered by desert. – The Libyan Desert is the harshest, driest (it can go decades without any rain), most remote region of the Sahara.
 
Capital city: Tripoli – 1.1 million (2020) - Tripoli is a Greek word that means “three cities” – It is also known as the “Mermaid of the Mediterranean” for its turquoise waters and whitewashed buildings. Given the current warlike conditions, a nickname like “Cruella de Vil of the Mediterranean” would be more appropriate, although the city’s “medina” (old town) is still delightful to visit.
 
Population: 6.8 million (2020) – 90% live in less than 10% of the country’s territory, primarily along the coast.
 
Languages: Arabic – and different dialects of Berber – English is widely spoken
 
Religions: 97% Sunni Muslim - Alcohol consumption is prohibited in Libya!
 
Political & Economic situation (April 2020):
Formally a republic. The adjective “democratic” has not typically been an accurate one to describe Libya’s political system throughout its history.    
The economy largely depends upon revenues from the oil sector, which contribute practically all export earnings and represent 80% of the country’s GDP. These oil revenues and a small population have given Libya the highest nominal per capita GDP in Africa for many years, until the total security and political chaos that followed the ouster of the dictator Muammar Gaddafi changed that in 2011. Many people in Libya have no nostalgia for Gaddafi’s dictatorship, but they often regret that the high standard of living and generous social benefits of his era have gone to pot.
Libya currently has two different governments, although only one of them is recognized as the legitimate government by the rest of the world (the adversary being the so-called Libyan National Army).
 
Libya imports about 80% of its food.
 
Currency: Libyan dinar (LYD)
 
Average net monthly salary: 1,560 USD (2020)
 
Most common surname: Ali
 
Libyan tea looks like thick black syrup. It is mostly prepared by women, and its thickness comes from the very high concentration of tea leaves and sugar they use.
 
Security (May 2020): Because of ongoing armed conflict throughout the country (a real civil war), it is not recommended to visit Libya as a tourist at all. The combatants do not typically target tourists, but there is still a high risk of getting caught in the crossfire, or being at the wrong place, at the wrong time when a terrorist attack happens.
Even the high crime rate (most of all, muggings) is a severe problem. Arms possession among civilians, criminals naturally included, is very common.
Since local authorities are mostly made up of non-professionals, disagreements and problems are common when they deal with foreign visitors (mainly diplomats or businessmen). In such cases, it is essential to get help from a well-informed and well-connected local.
 
When to go? Do not go!
 
Top tourist attractions (in peacetime):
 
Archeological sites, ruins of ancient Phoenician, Greek and Roman cities: Sabratha, Leptis Magna, Cyrene
The rock-art sites of Tadrart Acacuc, the old town of Ghadames (“the pearl of the desert”), Red Castle in Tripoli

Nowadays

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Libya - Tripoli - Medina - s.v. photo

Libya - scars of the civil war - s.v. photo

People

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Libya - old man with bulbous nose - s.v. photo

Libya - old lady - f.e. photo

Libya - Tripoli - this man is a writer, poet and historian - s.v. photo

Lybia - n.g. photo

Libya - Tuareg man in the Sahara - n.g. photo

Attractions

Leptis Magna Theatre

Libya - Al Khums - Leptis Magna Theatre - s.v. photo

Libya - Al Khums - Leptis Magna - Arch of Tiberius and Arch of Trajan - s.v. photo

Libya - Al Khums - Leptis Magna - Market - s.v. photo

Sabratha

Libya - Zawiya District - Ancient Columns of Sabratha - s.v. photo

Tripoli

Libya - Arch of Marcus Aurelius is in the ancient town of Oea, now Tripoli - s.v. photo

Libya - Tripoli - Italian colonial architecture (in front) - s.v. photo

Libya - Tripoli - a residential neighborhood - s.v. photo

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