Libya

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Official Name
State of Libya, Dawlat Libiya
Population
6,002,000
Principal Languages
Libyan Spoken Arabic, Standard Arabic
Literacy Rate
89% (2009 UNSD)
Immigrant Languages
Bulgarian (2,700), Eastern Panjabi (54,000), Egyptian Spoken Arabic (500,000), English (10,200), French (6,120), Greek (6,120), Hassaniyya Arabic (40,000), Italian (22,500), Korean (1,000), Maltese (5,400), Mandarin Chinese (1,730), Moroccan Spoken Arabic (228,000), Serbian (21,500), Sinhala (12,200), South Levantine Spoken Arabic (54,000), Sudanese Spoken Arabic (227,000), Swahili (2,000), Ta’izzi-Adeni Spoken Arabic (98,000), Tedaga (2,000), Tunisian Spoken Arabic (159,000), Zaghawa (7,000)
Deaf Institutions
2
General References
Applegate 1970; Cohen 1985; Welmers 1971
Language Counts
The number of individual languages listed for Libya is 9. Of these, 8 are living and 1 is extinct. Of the living languages, 2 are institutional, 2 are vigorous, 3 are in trouble, and 1 is dying.