The country of Lebanon is located in Western Asia. Lebanon is between the Mediterranean Sea and Syria. While Syria also borders Lebanon on the north, Israel borders on the south. The primary language is Arabic, with many also speaking French. Other common languages include Aremenian, Greek, Hebrew, and English.
STATISTICS (taken from World Health Statistics, 2007*):
Total population: 3,577,000
Gross national income per capita (PPP international $): 5,740
Life expectancy at birth m/f (years): 68/73
Healthy life expectancy at birth m/f (years, 2002): 59/62
Probability of dying under five (per 1 000 live births): 30
Probability of dying between 15 and 60 years m/f (per 1 000 population): 195/135
Total expenditure on health per capita (Intl $, 2004): 817
Total expenditure on health as % of GDP (2004): 11.6
*Figures are for 2005 unless indicated.
Getting started with Lebanon research
Unfortunately, because of damage to civil infrastructure during wartime and current political unrest, Lebanese research can be difficult to obtain.
However, there is a movement among Lebanese people in a variety of communities to organize historical records and collaborate on genealogy work.
See below, under Research for a few helpful links.
Lebanon is divided into six governorates and further subdivided into twenty-five districts. The districts themselves are also divided into several municipalities, each enclosing a group of cities or villages:
Beirut Governorate (city of Beirut only)
Nabatieh Governorate (Jabal Amel)
North Governorate (al-Shamal)
Mount Lebanon Governorate (Jabal Lubnan)
South Governorate (al-Janoub)
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