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Lebanon

Flag: Lebanon
Geography
 
Location:Between Israel and Syria, bordering the Mediterranean Sea
Area:Total: 10,400 sq km Land: 10,230 sq km Water: 170 sq km
Land boundaries:Total: 454 km It has borders with Israel 79 km and Syria 375 km
Map: Lebanon
Climate:Mediterranean. Mild to cool, wet winters with hot, dry summers. Lebanon mountains experience heavy winter snows
People
 
Population:3,925,502 (July 2007 est.)
Age structure:0-14 years: 26.2% (male 525,199/female 504,240) 15-64 years: 66.7% (male 1,255,624/female 1,361,265) 65 years and over: 7.1% (male 125,904/female 153,270) (2007 est.)
Ethnic groups:Arab 95%, Armenian 4%, other 1% Note: many Christian Lebanese do not identify themselves as Arab but rather as descendents of the ancient Canaanites and prefer to be called Phoenicians
Religions:Muslim 59.7% (Shi'a, Sunni, Druze, Isma'ilite, Alawite or Nusayri), Christian 39% (Maronite Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Melkite Catholic, Armenian Orthodox, Syrian Catholic, Armenian Catholic, Syrian Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Chaldean, Assyrian, Copt, Protestant), other 1.3% Note: 17 religious sects recognised
Languages:Arabic (official), French, English, Armenian
Government
 
Government type:Republic
Capital:Beirut
Independence:22 November 1943 (from League of Nations mandate under French administration)
Legal system:Mixture of Ottoman law, canon law, Napoleonic code, and civil law
Economy
 
GDP (purchasing power parity):$22.86 billion (2006 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP):$5,900 (2006 est.)
GDP - composition by sector:Agriculture: 5.1% industry: 18.4% services: 76.5% (2005)
Industries:Banking, tourism, food processing, jewelry, cement, textiles, mineral and chemical products, wood and furniture products, oil refining, metal fabricating
Currency (code):Lebanese pound (LBP)




This article was compiled with the aid of the CIA World Fact book.



 
 
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