Overview of Republic of Lebanon
Overview of Republic of Lebanon Last updated on Wednesday 21st April 2010
Republic of Lebanon (Ajjamhouriyya Al-lubnaniyya)
Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Israel and Syria
Between 3 and 4 million. No official census has been taken since 1932.
Israel 79 km, Syria 375 km
Mediterranean; mild to cool, wet winters with hot, dry summers; Lebanon Mountains experience heavy winter snows
Arabic is the official language, but French and English are widely spoken. Armenian is also spoken by a minority group.
50% Muslim; 50% Christian
The largest Christian group are Maronites, followed by the Greek Orthodox, Greek Catholics, Armenian Orthodox, Armenian Catholics, Syrian Catholics, Chaldeans, Protestants and Syrian Orthodox. The largest Muslim group are the Shiite, followed by the Sunni and the Druze.
Both 220 and 110 are used. Sockets take 2-pin round and flat plugs.
Weights and measures
Government offices: 8am-2pm Mon. to Sat; 8am-11am Friday
Banks: 8:30am-12: 30pm Mon. to Sat
Shops and commercial business: 9am-6pm Mon. to Sat. Many stores keep later hours and open on Sunday as well.
The Lebanese regard Sunday as the end of the week.
Important phone numbers
09-830799 - 832260
07-722732 - 725993
06-602510 - 610861
01-425250 - 392750
05-468922 - 468500
09-915967 - 911113
08-803521 - 823000ed Cross Red Cross
Ports Public Security:
01-580746 - 581400
International dialing code
GMT + 2 hours