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

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