22 Interesting Facts about Lebanon

  1. Located on the Asian continent, Lebanon is bordered by Syria to the north and east and Israel to the south.
  2. The population of Lebanon was 6.082 million in 2017 and according to the CIA World Factbook (2013) it has the fastest growing population in the world.
  3. Lebanon has a total area of 4,036 square miles (10,452 square kilometres).
  4. It’s the only Arab/Asian country that doesn’t have a desert.
  5. Lebanon’s capital is Beirut; it an area of 7.7 square miles (20 square kilometres) and a population of 2.2 million (2019).
  6. The average life span here is 79.58 years (2016).
  7. Arabic is the official language but French, German, English and Armenian is also spoken here.
  8. The coordinates for Lebanon are 33.9000° N, 35.5333°
  9. You’ll need to change your cash into Lebanese pounds if you want to take spending money.
  10. Agriculturally, Lebanon produces apples, grapes, citrus fruits, tomatoes, vegetables, potatoes, olives, tobacco, sheep and goats.
  11. This country has industries in tourism, banking, food processing, jewellery, textiles, mineral and chemical products, cement, oil refining, metal fabricating, and wood and furniture products.
  12. It has more than 100 different banks (not just branches, individual banks!)
  13. Independence Day, November 22nd, is recognised as a National holiday.
  14. Lebanon has a list of 40 daily newspapers, an incredible amount considering the UK (which is more than 20 times the size) has 68! (2015).
  15. It also has 42 universities!
  16. Tony Fadel, originally Lebanese, created and was the production manager for Apple’s iPod.
  17. Lebanon has a doctor to patient ratio of 1:10; to put that into perspective, it’s 1:100 in Europe and America!
  18. Byblos is considered one of the oldest continuously occupied cities in the world – people have been living there since 5000BC!
  19. In fact, the first alphabet was created in Byblos!
  20. Lebanon is the oldest country name in the world, remaining unchanged for in excess of 4000 years!
  21. If you’re a lover of outdoor pursuits the best time to visit Lebanon is in the spring because you could be skiing in the mountains in the morning and taking a dip in the sea in the afternoon – brilliant!
  22. The international dialling code for Lebanon is +961.

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