Quick Facts

  • Officially the Republic of Lebanon
  • Gained independence – French League of Nations mandate 1920
  • Lebanese war 1975–1990 with second republic established 1990
  • Capital city: Beirut (pop. 2.226 million)
  • Official language: Arabic
  • Population: 6,184,701
  • Divided into 6 governates and 25 districts
  • Climate: moderate Mediterranean with hot humid summers and cooler winters
  • Economy: based on tourism and banking
  • Major religions: Islam and Christianity
  • Literacy rate: 93.9%
  • Current weather conditions:  www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • A republic
  • Chief of state: (vacant) President Michel Sulayman’s term expired 25 May 2014 and the prime minister and his cabinet are currently assuming the roles of the president.
  • Head of government: Prime Minister Tamam Salam (since 2013)

Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality rate: 15/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 7.76/1,000
  • Life expectancy: 77.4 years
  • Health expenditures:  7.2% GDP
  • Hospital bed density: 3.5/1,000
  • Physicians density: 3.2/1,000
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 0.06%
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

 

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