Libya is a country in northern Africa with a population of 7 million and Arabic as the official language.
In 2011, Muammar Gaddafi, who had been in power since 1969, was overthrown as part of the Arab Spring uprisings. In 2014, fighting broke out between two rival administrations. Both sides are currently participating in the UN-backed process to hold elections and unify the government.
Libya has one of the largest proven reserves of oil in Africa, and hydrocarbon exports account for over 96 per cent of its exports. In 2021, Australia imported $346 million of crude petroleum.
Australia’s diplomatic representation in Libya is from our embassy in Italy. Libya is represented in Australia by its embassy in Canberra.
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