50 Fascinating Facts About Lebanon

Lebanon is a nation in Western Asia officially known as the Lebanese Republic (Al-Jumhuriyah al-Lubnaniyah). The total land area is 10,400 km2. The city of Beirut, Lebanon's capital and most significant, is situated on the Mediterranean Sea. This country's official language is Arabic. The official currency of Lebanon is the Lebanese pound (abbreviated LBP). In terms of neighbors, it has Israel and Syria as neighbors. These fascinating facts about its history, culture, geography, people, and government can help us learn more.

Fascinating Facts

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In Asia, Lebanon has a border with Syria to the east and north and Israel to the south and west.
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Approximately 4,036 square miles make up Lebanon's entire land area (10,452 square kilometres).
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It's the only nation in the Arabian/Asian region without a desert.
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2.2 million people live in Lebanon's capital city, Beirut, which covers an area of 7.7 square miles (20 square kilometres) (2019).
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It's not uncommon for people to live to be 78.83 years old around here (2018).
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The Lebanese Republic is the country's official name.
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Lebanon has a population of 6.856 million people as of 2019, according to the CIA World Factbook. In 2013, Lebanon had the world's highest population growth.
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More than 100 different banks in the area (not just branches, but separate banks!).
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If you wish to bring some spending money with you, you'll first have to exchange your dollars for Lebanese pounds.
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Lebanon is the world's smallest officially recognized country.
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Beirut was formerly dubbed the "Switzerland of the East" due to its solid finances and rich culture in the 1960s.
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Human Development Index & GDP per capita place Lebanon at the top of the Arab world.
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Mt. Lebanon is a Lebanese mountain range with an average elevation of around 2500 meters. The country's name derives from this range of mountains.
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What is today Lebanon was previously conquered by Alexander the Great in 332 BCE.
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Beirut was an Ottoman province from 1516 until 1918.
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Due to political concerns surrounding religious affiliation, Lebanon has not conducted a census since 1932.
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Between 1975 until 1990, the country was embroiled in a civil war caused by clashes between local Christians and Muslims.
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Syria & Israel were significant players in Lebanon's Civil War. Both nations have sent soldiers to the area.
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In May of 2000, Israel withdrew its forces from the region, and in April of 2005, Syria did the same.
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There are seven major political parties in the country.
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For more than a year, the country was run without a President. This has occurred due to the departure of many Christians from the nation, and the government will not accept a president who is not a Maronite Christian. Nevertheless, Michel Aoun, the country's current president, was chosen by the Parliament in October of that year.
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There are 18 officially recognized sects in Lebanon's Parliament, which has 128 members. In truth, the Lebanese Parliament recognises all 18 officially recognised religious groups in the country.
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Beyond Lebanon's mountain range, in the Bekaa Valley, is a lush flatland measuring 16 kilometres broad by 129 kilometres long (north-south).
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Between November and March, Lebanon receives over 80% of its annual rainfall.
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There are about 3,000 plant species in Lebanon.
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A plot of property in Lebanon can have two legitimate owners. in theory. That's correct. One person owns the land, while the other holds the crops that grow there. It follows that to acquire a piece of land, you'd have to pay both parties.
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In Lebanon, a pigeon clapper's testimony is not admissible in court. Those who conduct such jobs in Lebanon are also unsuitable for marriage because it is deemed immoral in Lebanon.
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It has been forbidden in Lebanon since 1945 to fly any foreign flag.
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Lebanon serves as a significant commercial crossroads in the region.
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In addition, Lebanon is the first Arab country to legalese private radio and television broadcasting facilities.
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Syria, Israel, and the Mediterranean Sea all border Lebanon, which is a tiny country in the Middle East.
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Libanon is an ancient nation with a long, rich history dating back thousands of years.
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Lebanon has been inhabited continuously since the year 10,000 BCE, when the region was first colonized.
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Approximately 450,000 refugees are now being housed in Lebanon. Most of them are housed in one of Lebanon's 12 refugee camps. There is a lack of infrastructure and inadequate shelter for these people.
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There are roughly 4.5 million more Lebanese living outside of Lebanon than inside the country.
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Lebanon now has a Muslim majority of 60 per cent and a Christian majority of 40 per cent.
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Due to Mount Lebanon's snow-capped summit, Lebanon derives from the Semitic word "lbn," which means "white" in Arabic.
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Around 65-75 times in the Bible, Lebanon is referenced, typically connecting Mount Lebanon and its renowned cedar trees.
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Brazil is home to the most significant population of Lebanese outside of Lebanon, with an estimated 6 million people.
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For almost 4000 years, people have called this country by its ancient name, which is considered the oldest name globally.
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Christian tradition holds that Jesus Christ performed his first miracle in Lebanon at the city of Sidon (The benefit of turning water into wine).
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The first boat was made and sailed by the Phoenicians (Original People of Lebanon). Thus, they arrived in America before Christopher Columbus!
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Lebanon is also home to the world's first-ever law school. Beirut, Lebanon's capital and one of the world's oldest towns, has a Roman-era law school, most likely erected during the reign of Emperor Augustus in the first century A.D. According to legend, the first Roman law school was in Beirut but was destroyed in 551 A.D. Beirut's legal school had more renown than any other in the Empire. Therefore, it was dubbed the "Mother of Laws" back in the day.
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It's the only country in the Middle East without a desert. Middle Eastern countries conjure up images of huge deserts and nomads riding camels as soon as you hear the word. However, this is not the case. Instead, it gets plenty of snow and even has ski resorts open for three months out of the year.
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More Lebanese than ever before call Lebanon home. The country's population is estimated at six to seven million people, but the number of Lebanese living outside Lebanon ranges from eight to fourteen million.
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Lebanon has the highest Human Development Index and GDP per capita of any country in the Arab world.
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A plot of property in Lebanon can have two legitimate owners. in theory. That's correct, of course! One person owns the land, while the other holds the crops that grow there. This means that if you buy the land, you'll have to pay both the seller and the buyer before you control the entire plot of the ground.
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Beirut's city of Byblos (in Lebanon) is the world's oldest continuously inhabited settlement, and it is also where the first alphabet was devised.
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Lebanon was an Ottoman province for more than four centuries, from 1516 until 1918.
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France annexed Lebanon in 1920 as the Ottoman Empire fell, and the country became known as Greater Lebanon as a result.

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