People of Libya

Libya has a small population in a large land area.  Population density is about 50 persons per sq. km. (80/sq. mi.) in the two northern regions of Tripolitania and Cyrenaica, but falls to less than one person per sq. km. (1.6/sq. mi.) elsewhere.

Ninety percent of the people live in less than 10% of the area, primarily along the coast.  More than half the population is urban, mostly concentrated in the two largest cities, Tripoli and Benghazi.  Fifty percent of the population is under age 15.

Libyans are primarily a mixture of Arabs and Berbers.  Small Tebou and Touareg tribal groups in southern Libya are nomadic or semi-nomadic.

Among foreign residents, the largest groups are Egyptians (estimates range from 400,000 to 1 million), Tunisians (40,000), Turks, Pakistanis, Indians, Sudanese, Moroccans, Jordanians, South Koreans, and Thais.  Other foreign residents include 70,000 from Eastern Europe and 40,000 from Western Europe.

Last Updated on Monday 4th August 2008