United States compared to Libya

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If you moved to Libya from United States, you would..


make 75.2% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Libya Libya ($14,200 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Libya, the GDP per capita is $14,200.
Category: United States vs. Libya - GDP Per Capita

pay 74.7% less in taxes


United States United States (39.6% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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Libya Libya (10% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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In United States, citizens pay a top marginal tax rate (the highest tax rate you can pay) of 39.6%. In Libya, the top marginal tax rate is 10%.
Category: United States vs. Libya - Tax Rate

live 3.3 years less


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Libya Libya (76.5 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Libya, the average life expectancy is 76.5 years.
Category: United States vs. Libya - Life Expectancy

consume 88.2% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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Libya Libya (1,421 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Libya, that number is 1,421 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Libya - Electricity Consumption

have 42.4% more babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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Libya Libya (17.8 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Libya, that number is 17.8 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Libya - Birth Rate

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% of people do.
Category: United States vs. Libya - Access to Drinking Water

be 91.4% more likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Libya Libya (11.1 per 1,000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 5.8 per 1,000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Libya, on the other hand, 11.1 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Libya - Infant Mortality

be 6.4 times more likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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Libya Libya (30% of people - 2004 est.)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Libya, that number is 30% of people.
Category: United States vs. Libya - Unemployment

see 91.1% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Libya Libya (1,770 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Libya, that number is 1,770 km.
Category: United States vs. Libya - Coastline

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, and Ministry of Finance.


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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.

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