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Updated: Sep 29, 2022

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Country Name

Libya, or officially the State of Libya.


Libya is located in northern Africa. It is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Egypt to the east, Sudan to the southeast, Chad to the south, Niger to the southwest, Algeria to the west, and Tunisia to the northwest.



The reason for naming the country

The Latin name Libya (from Greek Λιβύη: Libyē), referred to the region west of the Nile generally corresponding to the Atlantic Mountains according to Diodorus. Its people were ancestors of the modern Libyans.


The flag of the Kingdom of Libya was adopted when Libya gained full independence in 1951. The flag has changed many times from 1864 to 2011.

The flag consisted of horizontal tricolor stripes of Red- Black- Green with a

white star and crescent in the middle of the flag on the black stripe.

This flag represented Libya from its independence in 1951 until the 1969 Libyan coup d'état.

The crescent is symbolic of the beginning of the lunar month according to the Muslim calendar, so It brings back to our minds the story of the Hijra [migration] of Prophet Mohammed from his home to spread Islam and teach the principles of right and virtue.

The Star represents hope, and the light of belief in God in the country, dignity, and honor illuminate the way and end the darkness."