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Libya, Tripoli

Libya, TripoliTripoli is the largest and capital city of Libya. Tripoli is the largest city, the principal sea port, and the largest commercial and manufacturing centre in Libya.

Libya is in Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Egypt and Tunisia. The climate is mediterranean along the coast and dry, extreme desert in the interior.

The official language is Arabic. The government seriously pursues an Arabic-only policy in official business and official documents. However, business can be conducted in English as many Libyans speak the language. Some Libyans also speak Italian and French. There are a number of secondary languages in Libya. A number of Berber dialects are spoken in the Jebel Nafusa and parts of Cyrenaica. The Tuareg population in southern Libya speaks Tamashek. The nomadic Tubu community in the Sahara desert speaks Tubu. The main religion is Islam.

The economy of Libya depends primarily upon revenues from the oil sector, which constitute practically all export earnings.

In Libya Islamic values and local cultural sensitivities should be respected. It is not advisable to take photographs of local people, or official buildings etc. It is advisable to use your right hand for eating, greeting and accepting gifts. Business meetings in Libya are usually formal. Expatriate business dress is conservative and formal although men often do not wear jackets because of the hot climate. Expatriate women generally dress modestly, with high necklines, hems below the knee and sleeves at least to the elbows. The working week is Sunday to Thursday.

The security risk for expatriates in Libya is high to extreme. Risks include travel within the country, kidnapping, clashes between rival militia, violent demonstrations, road accidents, poor infrastructure and attacks on foreigners.

The currency of Libya is the Libyan Dinar (LYD). Libya is a cash based country. Credit cards are not accepted. There are some ATMs in Tripoli that accept international cards. Money transfers can be arranged through some banks.

Medical facilities are generally below international standards. For medical emergencies evacuation to Malta or mainland Europe is usually required, but the status of rescue services is uncertain.

The population of Tripoli is 1.1 Million (2017 est.), while the inflation rate is 25.7% (Sept 2017).

Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in Tripoli as at 1 January 2018 is high in comparison to other places in the world.

In Tripoli, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports):
1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: High
2) Clothing: Very High
3) Communication: Low
4) Education: Average
5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High
6) Groceries: Very Low
7) Healthcare: Very Low
8) Household Accommodation: Very High
9) Miscellaneous: Average
10) Personal Care: Very Low
11) Recreation & Culture: Very High
12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Average
13) Transport: Very Low

Tripoli is for example -11.9% cheaper than Houston TX for groceries, 111.2% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and -49.6% cheaper for transport costs than Dubai.

Tripoli is ranked as a extreme hardship location.

The hardship premium for Tripoli for an expat from Perth, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Tripoli) premium of 40% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%.

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