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                                         by Graham Rhind



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Libya’s central government is weak, and much of the country is held by various warring factions.

For supplementary information, see links to post office home pages here External, to postal code pages here External and to other personal name and addressing issues pages here External.

Table of Contents

Libya - Country information


Local short name form

Official name



6 931 061 (2020 estimate) [1]



International telephone access code


ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code


Internet country code


GRC Country Code


   Note: This section last updated 14th March 2021

Libya - Number format


(where . indicates the decimal separator and , the thousands separator)


(where ٬ indicates the decimal separator and ٫ the thousands separator)

Libya - Date and time formats


   Note: This section last updated 10th May 2021

Libya - Languages


The national language is Standard Arabic External. Libyan Spoken Arabic External is spoken by about 96% of the population. 9 other languages are spoken by the remaining inhabitants.

Libya - Forms of address


Generally, different forms of address are used in Libya to those used in other Arab countries due to the political situation. Males are saluted as Al-Akh (“brother”) and females as El-Oaht (“sister”), followed in turn by the given name(s). This may change with the new political regime.

Those with professional qualifications are saluted as follows:

   Al-Doctor           Medical
   Al Mohandess        Engineer
   Al-Muhami           Lawyer
   Tables of forms of address External can be acquired

Libya - Example address format


   Note: This section last updated 12th December 2021


The position of the postal code in the address block is not yet known.

   A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

Libya - Postal codes


   Note: This section last updated 12th December 2021

A postal code system was developed in the early 2000s, but its implementation only started in earnest after 2019. The code has 9 characters in the format


Blue plaques showing the code are being attached to buildings in some cities, and work is planned on creating street names and building numbers. Provisionally, don’t expect to see many postal codes in daily use.


   Metadata containing postal code formatting rules, exceptions and regular expressions can be acquired External

Libya - Postal code format

Libya - Postal code specifics


Libya - Postal code regular expression


Libya - Postal code level of coverage


Libya - Postal code map


Place names in Libya


   Note: This section last updated 10th December 2016

Refer to Exonyms in Libya for full lists of place names in Libya in other languages.

   Alternate place name forms/postal code tables can be acquired at http://www.grcdi.nl/settlements.htm External
   Other language place name data can be acquired at http://www.grcdi.nl/otherlanguageplace.htm External

Libya - Administrative districts


Libya has 22 municipalities External (baladiyat, singular - baladiyah):

    Al Butnan External
    Al Jabal al Akhdar External     
    Al Jabal al Gharbi External
    Al Jifarah External
    Al Jufrah External
    Al Kufrah External
    Al Marj External
    Al Marqab External
    Al Wahah External
    An Nuqat al Khams External               
    Az Zāwiyah External                
    Banghāzī External         
    Darnah External            
    Ghat External
    Mişrātah External
    Murzuq External                       
    Nalut External
    Sabhā External
    Surt External                 
    Tripoli External
    Wadi al Hayat External
    Wadi ash Shati’ External

Administrative districts graphic


Telephone numbers in Libya


Libyan numbers have area codes, when called from abroad, with a length of 2 or 3 digits, and a total number length of 8 or 9 digits. Mobile numbers have 8 digits and commence 91 or 92.

   Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/telephone.htm External 


  1. ^ citypopulation.de/en/libya/ External 20230105

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