Population of main cities (including suburbs):
Beirut (2,600,000); Tripoli (230,000); Sidon (160,000).
The population is 95% Arab and 4% Armenian. The Christian population tends to identify itself to the Phoenicians and refuses to be classified as "Arab".
Other Languages Spoken:
English and French are spoken by a large part of the population. Armenian 6% and Kurdish 1%.
While Arabic is Lebanon's official language, English and French are widely spoken. Most Lebanese speak at least two or three languages, and visitors find NO problems communicating. Many establishments provide signs, menus, and information in both Arabic and English/French.
Muslims (Shiites and Sunni): 59.7%; Christians (Orthodox, Armenians, Gregorians): 39%; Other religions: 1.3%.
It is %T:%M %A In Beirut
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National Currency: Lebanese Pound (LBP)
Type of State:
A Republic based on confessionalism, parliamentary democracy. This means that each political position must be filled by a person of a particular denomination.
Type of Economy:
It is heavily dependent on foreign trade for importing consumer goods and raw materials; high debt ratio
HDI (World Rank):
Note: (*) The HDI, Human Development Index, is an Indicator Which Synthesizes Several Data Such as Life Expectancy, Level of Education, Professional Careers, Access to Culture etc.
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20.5 per 100 Inhabitants
61.2 per 100 Inhabitants
Access to Electricity:
99.9% of the Population
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