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Towns & Cities of Libya

After Governorates abolished in 1975, Libya divided into between seven and ten military districts (number varies with frequent reorganizations). Each military district divided into several municipalities, subdivided into villages or urban wards.


Libya was divided into several governorates (muhafazat) before being split into 25 municipalities (baladiyat). Recently, Libya was divided into thirty two sha'biyah. These were then further rearranged into twenty two.

Capital: Tripoli, 2,357,800 (metro. area), 1,269,700 (city proper)

Other large city: Benghazi, 734,900

Other cities include Ajdabiyah, Al Bayda, Al Marj, Benghazi, Darnah, Misratah, and Tobruk.

Administrative divisions:

25 municipalities (baladiyat, singular - baladiyah):

  1. Ajdabiya,
  2. Al 'Aziziyah,
  3. Al Fatih,
  4. Al Jabal al Akhdar,
  5. Al Jufrah,
  6. Al Khums,
  7. Al Kufrah,
  8. An Nuqat al Khams,
  9. Ash Shati',
  10. Awbari,
  11. Az Zawiyah,
  12. Banghazi,
  13. Darnah,
  14. Ghadamis,
  15. Gharyan,
  16. Misratah,
  17. Murzuq,
  18. Sabha,
  19. Sawfajjin,
  20. Surt,
  21. Tarabulus,
  22. Tarhunah,
  23. Tubruq,
  24. Yafran,
  25. Zlitan

Ports: In 1986 Tobruk, Tripoli, Benghazi, and Qasr Ahmad, near Misratah, major ports. Five major oil export terminals As Sidra, Burayqah, Ras al Unuf, Marsa al Hariqah, and Zuwaytinah; future sixth terminal planned at As Zuwarah in western Libya.

Last Updated on Monday 4th August 2008