Nicknamed the Mermaid of the Mediterranean for nearby turquoise waters contrasting with the port city’s whitewashed buildings, Tripoli is the capital of Libya.
Tripoli is found in the northwest part of Libya.
Based on The Economist’s Global Liveability Ranking released on August 16, 2017, Tripoli is the world’s third-least liveable city among 140 cities studied trailing only Damascus in Syria and Lagos in Nigeria. Tripoli scored poorly for stability, culture & environment, infrastructure and health care.
Libya exported an estimated US$6.7 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2016. Highest-value Libyan exports are mostly oil and petroleum gas. Libya also ships a fair amount of fertilizers, gold and organic chemicals according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Tripoli, Libya: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Red Castle (Assai al-Hamra), Martyrs’ Square, Al-Majidya Mosque, Nalut ruins and the Jamahiriya Museum
Below, you will find 9 of the most famous people born in Tripoli, Libya:
- Nadir Tamuz Augustin, pop singer (born Aug. 4, 1988)
- Mohammed El Senussi, royalty (born Oct. 20, 1962)
- Don Coscarelli, film director & producer (born Feb. 17, 1954)
- Mario Donatone, actor (born Jun. 9, 1933)
- Silvio Bandinelli, film director & writer (born Dec. 21, 1954)
- Esam Omeish, surgeon (born Dec. 19, 1967)
- Ali Rahuma, soccer player/footballer (born May 16, 1982 )
- El Waer Hakim, diplomat & business developer (born Jan. 10, 1967)
- Ihaab Boussefi, soccer player/footballer (born Jun. 23, 1985)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Tripoli resident: Tripolitan
Population: 1,126,000 (Tripoli)
Density: 5,630 people per square mile (2,174 per square kilometer)
Population: 6,541,948 (Libya)
Density: 10 people per square mile (4 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$90.9 billion as of October 2016 (for Libya, per WorldsRichestCountries.com)
GDP per person: $14,236
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Tripoli were unavailable.
Official currency used in Tripoli: Libyan dinar
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on December 12, 2016
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Africa: Libya. Accessed on February 14, 2017
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas. Accessed on December 12, 2016
CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition. Accessed on December 12, 2016
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on December 12, 2016
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on August 1, 2017
Official Government Website, Libya House of Representatives. Accessed on December 12, 2016
The Economist, The Global Liveability Ranking. Accessed on August 24, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on December 12, 2016
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Libya. Accessed on December 12, 2016
Wikipedia, List of countries and territories by population density. Accessed on February 14, 2017
Wikipedia, Tripoli. Accessed on December 12, 2016
Tripoli’s built-up urbanized area including the city core encompasses 200 square miles (518 square kilometers) within which an estimated 1.1 million people lived in 2015.
One common misconception is that Libya is geographically part of the Middle East. Rather, Libya is exclusively a North African country covering 679,359 square miles (1,759,532 square kilometers)–an area about two and a half times the size of Texas. Libya had a population of about 6.5 million residents during 2015.
Population density is much higher within Tripoli’s city core combined its surrounding urban area, with an average 5,600 inhabitants per square mile (2,200 per square kilometer).
On a national level, there are an average of just 10 people per square mile (4 per square kilometer) for Libya’s overall land area.
Libyans celebrate Liberation Day as a public holiday each October 23.