Comparing United States to Libya

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If you lived in Libya instead of United States, you would:


MAKE 78.6% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Libya  LIBYA ($11,300.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Libya, that number is $11,300.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Libya GDP

LIVE 3.5 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Libya  LIBYA (76.04 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Libya, the average life expectancy is 76.04.
Category: United States vs. Libya life expectancy

CONSUME 66.8% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Libya  LIBYA (4,042 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Libya, it is 4,042 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Libya electricity consumption

BE 50% LESS LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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Libya  LIBYA (0.3% of people)
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In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Libya, that number is 0.3%.
Category: United States vs. Libya AIDS percentage

BE 45.2% LESS LIKELY TO HAVE ACCESS TO IMPROVED DRINKING WATER


United States  UNITED STATES (99.2% of people)
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Libya  LIBYA (54.4% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Libya, 54.4% do.
Category: United States vs. Libya drinking water access

BE 92.4% MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Libya  LIBYA (11.87 per 1000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Libya, on the other hand, there are a total of 11.87 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Libya infant mortality

BE 4.11 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Libya  LIBYA (30% of people)
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That's 311% more likely! In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Libya 30% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Libya unemployment rate

HAVE 37.1% MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Libya  LIBYA (18.40 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Libya, however, there are a total of 18.40 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Libya birth rate

SEE A 91.1% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Libya  LIBYA (1,770km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Libya has a total of 1,770 km.
Category: United States vs. Libya coastline

At a Glance: Libya

  • Land Area: ~2 million sq km (United States is ~6 times bigger than Libya)
  • Population: ~6 million people (313 million more people live in United States)

How big is Libya compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Libya (1,759,540 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


A brief history of Libya

Libya is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 1,759,540 sq km. The Italians supplanted the Ottoman Turks in the area around Tripoli in 1911 and did not relinquish their hold until 1943 when defeated in World War II. Libya then passed to UN administration and achieved independence in 1951. Following a 1969 military coup, Col. Muammar al-QADHAFI assumed leadership and began to espouse his political system at home, which was a combination of socialism and Islam. During the 1970s, QADHAFI used oil revenues to promote his ideology outside Libya, supporting subversive and terrorist activities that included the downing of two airliners - one over Scotland, another in Northern Africa - and a discotheque bombing in Berlin. UN sanctions in 1992 isolated QADHAFI politically and economically following the attacks; sanctions were lifted in 2003 following Libyan acceptance of responsibility for the bombings and agreement to claimant compensation. QADHAFI also agreed to end Libya's program to develop weapons of mass destruction, and he made significant strides in normalizing relations with Western nations. Unrest that began in several Middle Eastern and North African countries in late 2010 erupted in Libyan cities in early 2011. QADHAFI's brutal crackdown on protesters spawned a civil war that triggered UN authorization of air and naval intervention by the international community. After months of seesaw fighting between government and opposition forces, the QADHAFI regime was toppled in mid-2011 and replaced by a transitional government. Libya in 2012 formed a new parliament and elected a new prime minister.

The data on this page is calculated using data sourced from The World Factbook (2014 data).