Libya

Libya is located in the northern part of Africa, just south of the Mediterranean Sea. Libya shares borders with Algeria, Niger, Chad, Sudan, and Egypt. Most of the country is covered by the Sahara Desert and it is extremely hot. In southern Libya during the summer, temperatures quickly climb above 50 degrees Celsius.

QUICK FACTS

Population: 6 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Berber and Arab (97%), other (3%)
Languages: Arabic (official), Italian, English, Berber
Religions: Muslim (official; virtually all Sunni) (96.6%), Christian (2.7%), Others

LIBYANS IN TORONTO

Libyian Population:
In Canada: 2,720
In the GTA: 375
In the City of Toronto: 100

Like many nations in this area of the world, Libya is oil rich but has experienced political turmoil. American-led economic sanctions had damaging effects on Libya's economy, but the sanctions were dropped in 2003 when Libya ended its weapons program. The economy has since been accelerating, and the quality of life in Libya has improved. The typical Libyan family lives in an apartment building, and as of 2006, there were 4 million mobile phones being used in the country. Sunni Islam is the state religion, and Islam has a significant impact on the way of life in Libya. For example, Muslims pray five times every day, and alcohol is banned (in accordance with Islamic teaching). Although Christians are not allowed to evangelize, they are usually left alone. Libyans are allowed to worship in their own homes, and a Catholic church has been built in the city of Benghazi.

Map of Services and Churches in the GTA: 

Social and Settlement Services in the GTA

Settlement.Org

Libyan Visa Application Centre Toronto
1000 Finch Ave. W. 
Suite 900
Toronto, ON
M3J 2V5

 

References: 

Central Intelligence Agency. (2014, June 20). The World Factbook: Libya. Retrieved July 9, 2014, from
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Encyclopedia of the Nations. (n.d.). Libya. Retrieved July 9, 2014, from
http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/geography/Indonesia-to-Mongolia/Libya.html

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. (2009, October 15). Cultural Information - Libya. Retrieved July 9, 2014, from
http://www.intercultures.ca/cil-cai/ci-ic-eng.asp?iso=ly#cn-2 

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. (2011, December 15). Overview - Libya. Retrieved July 9, 2014, from
http://www.intercultures.ca/cil-cai/overview-apercu-eng.asp?iso=ly

Libyans. (2009). In T. L. Gall & J. Hobby (Eds.), Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life (2nd ed., Vol. 1, pp. 329-337). Detroit: Gale. 
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Mandryk, J. (2010). Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation (7th ed.). Colorado Springs: Biblica Publishing.

Prayercast. (n.d.). Libya. Retrieved July 9, 2014, from
http://www.prayercast.com/libya.html 

Statistics Canada. (2011, April 7). 2006 Census of Canada: Topic-based tabulations/Ethnic Origin, Single and Multiple Ethnic Origin Responses and
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GC=0&GID=0&GK=0&GRP=1&PID=92333&PRID=0&PTYPE=88971,97154&S=0&SHOWALL=0&SUB=0&Temporal=2006&THEME=80&VID=0&
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