With its high literacy rate and traditional mercantile culture, Lebanon has traditionally been an important commercial hub for the Middle East.
It has also often been at the centre of Middle Eastern conflicts, despite its small size, because of its borders with Syria and Israel and its uniquely complex communal make-up.
Shia Muslims, Sunni Muslims, Christians and Druze are the main population groups in a country that has been a refuge for the region’s minorities for centuries.[/fusion_text][fusion_text]
The Beautiful Lebanon You Have to Visit to Appreciate
- The Lebanese Republic
- Capital: Beirut
- Population 4.3 million
- Area 10,452 sq km (4,036 sq miles)
- Major language Arabic
- Major religions Islam, Christianity
- Life expectancy 71 years (men), 75 years (women)