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Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

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Capital city: Tripoli, largest city (main international airport and sea port)

Area: 1759540 square km

National day: 1 September (anniversary of the 1969 revolution).

Independence: 24 December 1951. Italian colony until 1942. British and French control until 1951.

Population: 6.4 million as of 2000

Leader: Col Muammar Gaddafi, born 1942. Head of State since 1969 and Revolutionary Leader since 1977. Gaddafi was killed on the 20th October 2011.

Language: Arab official.

Currency: Libyan dinars (LD)

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