Lebanon profile

Lion's head near Temple of Jupiter, in ruins of Roman-era city of Baalbek Baalbek - the classical sanctuary of Heliopolis - has some of the world's best-preserved Roman remains
  • Full name: The Lebanese Republic
  • Population: 4.3 million (UN, 2012)
  • Capital: Beirut
  • Area: 10,452 sq km (4,036 sq miles)
  • Major language: Arabic
  • Major religions: Islam, Christianity
  • Life expectancy: 71 years (men), 75 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit: 1 Lebanese pound (or lira) = 100 piastres
  • Main exports: Foodstuffs and tobacco
  • GNI per capita: US $9,140 (World Bank, 2011)
  • Internet domain: .lb
  • International dialling code: +961

More on This Story

More Middle East stories

RSS

Features

  • Mukesh SinghNo remorse

    Delhi bus rapist says victim shouldn't have fought back


  • Aimen DeanI spied

    The founder member of al-Qaeda who worked for MI6


  • Before and after shotsPerfect body

    Just how reliable are 'before and after' photos?


  • Woman with closed eyeStrange light show

    What do you see when you close your eyes?


  • Sony WalkmanLost ideas

    What has happened to Japan's inventors?


Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.