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GOVERNMENT
  • Capital
    Beirut
 
  • Area
    10,452 km2
 
  • Form of Government
    Parliamentary Democracy
 
  • Head of State
    Michel Aoun
 
  • Head of Government
    Saad-Eddine Al-Hariri
 
  • Speaker of Parliament
    Nabih Berri 
 
  • Official Languages
    Arabic
 
  • Currency
    Lebanese Pounds
    USD 1 ≈  LBP 1507
LEBANON MAP
GEOGRAPHY
SOCIO - DEMOGRAPHICS
ECONOMY
  • Governorates
    Bekaa - Beirut - Mount Lebanon - South Lebanon - Nabatiyeh - North Lebanon

  • Time Zone
    EET (UTC+2)
    Summer (DST)
    EEST (UTC+3)
 
  • Main Cities
    Beirut - Baabda - Saida -  Baalbek - Zahle - Tripoli - Nabatiyeh
  • Population (2016)
    6.006 million*
 
  • Density (2016)
    587/km2*
 
  • Labor Force (2016)
    2.16 million*
 
  • Urban Population (2016)
    88% of total*

  • Unemployment Rate (2014)
    over 20%*
 
  • Human Development Index (2015)
    0.763**

  • Percentage of Tertiary Education (2015)
    43%**

  

Source: *World Bank, **Human Development Report 2015

  • GDP at Current Prices (2016)
    USD 51.8 billion*
 
  • GDP/Capita (2016)
    USD 8,624*
 
  • Real GDP Growth (2016)
    1.0%*

 

  • Average Inflation Rate (2016)
    1.0%*

  • GDP Composition by Sector (2015)

    Agriculture: 3.5%**
    Mining, Manufacturing, and Utilities: 11%**
    Financial Services: 8%**
    Professional and Administrative Services: 7%**
    Education and Health Services: 11.5%**
    Real Estate: 14%**
    Public Administration: 9.3%**
    Trade: 13%**


  • Current Account Balance (2016)
    USD -394.4 million***
 
  • Balance of Payments (2016)
    USD 1.3 billion***
 
  • Domestic Credit to Private Sector (2016)
    111.9% of GDP****
 
  • Corporate Tax Rate (2016)
    15%****
 
  • Main Import Partners (2016)
    Greece - Russia - China - Italy - Kuwait - Ukraine*****
     
  • Main Export Partners (2016)
    Turkey - Syria - KSA- UAE - Kuwait - Egypt - Iraq*****
 
  • FDI Inflows (2016)
    USD 2.56 billion******
 
  • Airport Passengers (2016)
    7.5 million *******


Source: *International Monetary Fund (IMF), **CAS, ***BDL, ****World Bank, *****Lebanese Customs Administration, ******World Investment Report 2015-UNCTAD, *******Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport