Country: Libya

Population: 6,036,914

Capital: Tripoli

Time Zone: UTC+2

Currency Name: Libyan dinar (LYD)

Government Type: Jamahiriya (a state of the masses) in theory, governed by the populace through local councils; in practice, an authoritarian state

Languages: Arabic, Italian, English, all are widely understood in the major cities

Ethnic Breakdown: Berber and Arab 97%, other 3% (includes Greeks, Maltese, Italians, Egyptians, Pakistanis, Turks, Indians, and Tunisians)

Religion: Sunni Muslim 97%, other 3%

Major Cities: Tripoli

Phone Country Code: 218

Health Concerns: intermediate risk of food, waterborne and vectorborne diseases (diarrhea, Hepatits A, typhoid fever)

Official Tourism Website: http://www.libyan-tourism.org/Standard.aspx?ID=28

High Travel Season: November - March

Voltage: 127 V - 50 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: d

Major Holidays: Islamic New Year, Ashoura, March 2 (Jamahiriya Day), March 28 (British Evacuation Day), Prophet's Birthday, June 11 (Evacuation Day), July 23 (Revolution Day), Ascension of the Prophet, September 1 (National Day), October 7 (Italian Evacuation Day), Ramadan

Misc Fact / Good to Know: The highest temperature on Earth was 136°F (58°C) in Libya in 1922