Lebanon is an independent republic in Asia with
4.0 million inhabitants (2009 estimate) and an area of 10,452 km². Its
which is also by far the largest city in the country.
is Lebanon divided into 6 governorates, called muhafaza.
independenceDay is November 22,
1943, when self-governance was peacefully obtained from League of Nations
mandate under French administration. Head
of state is PresidentMichel
Sleiman. Lebanon is a country where leading functions are more evenly shared
between several state leaders, and the prime minister,Fouad
much power. The speaker of parliament is another important position,
presently headed byNabih
Berri. The president of Lebanon must be aMaroniteChristian,
the prime minister aSunniMuslimand
the Speaker of parliament aShi'iMuslim.
The Lebanese government has no less than 37 ministries. The National
Assembly has 128 members.
Lebanon, or Lebanese Republic, is a country in southwestern Asia. It lies at
the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea, bordered by Israel and Syria, and
occupies most of the area that made up ancient Phoenicia..........
Lebanon has a typically Mediterranean climate , which is much like that of
southern California. Winters are mild and wet; summers are hot and virtually
rainless, though frequently humid along the coast because of the influence
of the sea. The climate becomes moderate to cool only in........
Lebanon has one of the highest literacy rates in the Middle East. A
compulsory five-year primary school program is followed by either a
seven-year secondary program or a four-year program of technical or
vocational training. Major universities include the American University of
Beirut, the University Saint-Joseph.........
After the First World War France was given a
League of Nations mandate over Lebanon and its neighbor Syria, which
together had previously been a single political unit in the Ottoman Empire.
In the year 1920 France divided the land into separate colonial