Area Total 10,400 sq km
Climate Mediterranean; mild to cool, wet winters with hot, dry summers; the Lebanon Mountains experience heavy winter snows
Natural Resources limestone, iron ore, salt, water-surplus state in a water-deficit region, arable land
Imports China 10.2%, Italy 8.9%, Greece 7%, Germany 6.6%, US 6.3%, Turkey 4.5%, Egypt 4.2% (2017) – petroleum products, cars, medicinal products, clothing, meat and live animals, consumer goods, paper, textile fabrics, tobacco, electrical machinery and equipment, chemicals
Government parliamentary republic
Capital Beirut
Population 6,100,075 (July 2018 est.)
Ethnicity Arab 95%, Armenian 4%, other 1%
Language Arabic (official), French, English, Armenian
Exports China 13%, UAE 9.9%, South Africa 7.5%, Saudi Arabia 6.5%, Syria 6.5%, Iraq 5.8%, Turkey 4.6% (2017) – jewelry, base metals, chemicals, consumer goods, fruit and vegetables, tobacco, construction minerals, electric power machinery and switchgear, textile fibers, paper

News about Lebanon

  • Abdallah thanks Mikati for summoning cabinet to convene to manage people's affairs
    on December 3, 2022

    NNA - MP Bilal Abdallah wrote today on Twitter: "We thank Prime Minister Mikati for inviting the cabinet to convene, with a specific agenda, because managing people's affairs and needs in light of this economic hardship is more than a necessity, especially easing the burden of the hospital bill on the shoulders of citizens...Let every minister bear […]

  • Ukrainian Presidency: Setting a ceiling for oil prices will destroy Russian economy
    on December 3, 2022

    NNA - The Ukrainian presidency announced today that the Russian economy will be "destroyed" with the expected implementation of the decision to set a ceiling for the price of a barrel of oil of sixty dollars, in wake of the agreement concluded by the European Union, Group 7 and Australia, according to "Agence France Presse". "We always achieve our goal, […]

  • A 5.7-magnitude earthquake hits the Indonesian island of Java
    on December 3, 2022

    NNA - A 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Java today, less than two weeks after another earthquake in the same region killed more than 320 people, the US Geological Survey said, according to AFP. The American agency stated that the epicenter of the quake was located 18 km southeast of the city of Banjar in West Java. The Indonesian […]

  • Taymour Jumblatt in memory of his late grandfather: We return to the values, ethics and concepts that he established
    on December 3, 2022

    NNA - Head of the "Democratic Gathering", MP Taymour Jumblatt, tweeted today in memory of his late grandfather, saying: "In memory of Kamal Jumblatt, we go back to the foundations of the values, ethics and concepts that he established, in the state, in politics, in thought and in public life...There is an urgent need today to rebuild the state and […]

  • Mousa on International Day for People with Special Needs: We seek to make amendments to the law to integrate them into society
    on December 3, 2022

    NNA - Head of the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee, MP Michel Moussa, tweeted today: “On the International Day for People with Special Needs, Lebanon is still far from implementing Law 220/2000, which seeks to integrate them into society...So we aim within the Human Rights Committee to make amendments to the law, especially after the […]

  • Mikati at the Beirut Arab Book Fair: What is required is political will to elect a president
    on December 3, 2022

    NNA - Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati delivered a speech at the Beirut International Arab Book Fair, saying that the political parties must have the intention to elect a president for the republic. "What is required first and foremost is the political will of the various political forces and blocs to complete the convening of constitutional […]

  • Wronecka: Empowerment of persons with disabilities at different levels will be key
    on December 3, 2022

    NNA - "As Lebanon aspires for a more stable and sustainable future, the success of its recovery efforts will depend on leaving no one behind," said the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka, this morning on its Twitter account. "The full inclusion and empowerment of persons with disabilities at the social, economic and political […]

  • Council of Ministers meets Monday with 65 items on its agenda
    on December 3, 2022

    NNA - Council of Ministers, in its capacity as caretaker, will hold a session at eleven o'clock before noon on Monday, December 5, at the Grand Serail, to discuss 65 items on its agenda.     ========= R.K

  • Monday, December 5, 2022
    on December 3, 2022

    Time.    Topic Minister of Information, Ziad Al-Makary, receives in his office at the Ministry: 10:30    Permanent Representative of the International Commission for Human Rights and the International Council to the United Nations in Geneva / Deputy High Representative for Foreign Relations, Director of the International News Agency for Human Rights […]

  • MoPH: 3 new Cholera cases, no deaths in past 24 hours
    on December 2, 2022

    NNA - The Ministry of Public Health on Friday announced in a report on Cholera cases in Lebanon that 3 new cases have been registered in the past 24 hours, thus raising the cumulative number of confirmed cases to-date to 648.  The report added that no death cases have been recorded.     =============

  • MoPH: 47 new Coronavirus infections, one death
    on December 2, 2022

    NNA - Lebanon has recorded 47 new Coronavirus cases and one deaths within the last 24 hours, as reported by the Ministry of Public Health on Friday evening, adding that the cumulative number of Covid cases in Lebanon has increased to 1220661 cases.      =============

  • Lebanon: Caretaker PM Mikati Calls on Council of Ministers to Convene amid Political Objections
    on December 2, 2022

    The Lebanese caretaker prime minister called on the council of ministers to convene at the Grand Serail in Beirut on Monday morning despite the political objections. The Grand Serail published the ministerial session’s agenda as items concentrate mainly on the daily life issues of the Lebanese citizens, which may be the pretext used by Mikati ...

  • Bou Habib participates in opening of Mediterranean Dialogue Conference in Rome, meets Italian officials
    on December 2, 2022

    NNA – Caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Dr. Abdallah Bou Habib, participated in the opening of the Mediterranean Dialogue Conference in Rome, in the presence of the Presidents of Italy, Mauritania and Niger, as well as a large number of ministers from the Mediterranean basin countries. Moreover, Caretaker Minister Bou Habib met with […]

  • Othman broaches general situation with Belgian Ambassador
    on December 2, 2022

    NNA - Internal Security Forces chief, Major General Imad Othman, on Friday received in his office, the Ambassador of Belgium to Lebanon, Koen Vervaeke, who came on a visit during which they discussed the current general situation in the country.   =============== L.Y

  • Salam: I will not sign any additional charges on imported products if that increases burden on the Lebanese
    on December 2, 2022

    NNA – Caretaker Minister of Economy and Trade, Amin Salam, on Friday held a press conference at his ministerial office, in which he tackled the issues of the customs dollar and price control. During the press conference, Minister Salam said he will not sign any decision on additional charges specifically on imported products, if this increases the […]

  • Al-Abiad discusses Akkar’s health situation with MP Rustom
    on December 2, 2022

    NNA - Caretaker Minister of Public Health, Dr. Firas Al-Abiad, on Friday received in his office at the ministry, "National Moderation" bloc MP Ahmed Rustom. Discussions reportedly touched on the current health conditions in the region of Akkar.   ================= L.Y

  • Berri broaches latest developments with former Vice Speaker, meets Caretaker Finance Minister, former Minister Aridi, Arab Contractors Union delegation
    on December 2, 2022

    NNA - House Speaker Nabih Berri, on Friday received at the Second Presidency in Ain El-Tineh, former Vice Speaker, Elie Ferzli, with whom he discussed the current general situation and the latest political developments, especially the presidential elections. On emerging, Ferzli indicated that consensus is a fundamental issue in yielding a Lebanese […]

  • Army Chief meets Australian Deputy Secretary of Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
    on December 2, 2022

    NNA - Lebanese Army Commander, General Joseph Aoun, on Friday received at his Yarzeh office, the Deputy Secretary of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Michelle Chan, accompanied by Australian Ambassador to Lebanon, Andrew Barnes. Discussions reportedly touched on the bilateral relations between the armies of both countries.   […]

  • UN study advocates for Lebanese local authorities to be key enablers of local economic development
    on December 2, 2022

    NNA - This week, in-depth studies on local economic development results and outcomes were presented to the Urban Community Al-Fayhaa, the Federation of Municipalities of the Northern and Coastal Matn and the Union of Tyre Municipalities, municipalities, local community, and private sector during a series of three launching events in the targeted […]

  • World food prices ease further in November, says FAO
    on December 2, 2022

    NNA - The United Nations food agency's world price index fell marginally in November, marking an eighth straight monthly fall since a record high in March after Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) price index, which tracks the most globally traded food commodities, averaged 135.7 points last month, down from 135.9 […]

  • Greek police investigates arson outside Italian deputy ambassador's home
    on December 2, 2022

    NNA - Police in Greece are investigating an arson attack on cars in the parking lot of the Italian deputy ambassador's home in Athens on Friday, prompting Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni to express her concern. "One car was destroyed and a second one suffered limited damage" a Greek police official said, adding the attack took place in the early […]

  • Sheikh Qassem: New President Must Be Able to Save Lebanon from Economic Crisis
    on December 1, 2022

    Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem stressed that the new Lebanese president must be able to save the nation from the severe economic crisis and run a dialogue among all segments of the population. Addressing a Hezbollah ceremony held in Beirut to mark Sayyed Zainab (P) Birthday, Sheikh Qassem indicated that Hezbollah may never ...

  • Speaker Berri, PM Mikati Meet UN High Commissioner for Refugees: Displaced Syrians File Overburdened Lebanon
    on December 1, 2022

    House Speaker, Nabih Berri, on Thursday met with UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippi Grandi, whereby they discussed the general situation, especially the issue of the displaced Syrians. Speaker Berri stressed to the UN envoy that “The burdens endured by Lebanon as a result of the displaced Syrians’ crisis have become very huge, and they warn ...

  • Lebanese Parliament Holds Eighth Session to Elect New President: Blank Ballots Win Again
    on December 1, 2022

    The Lebanese parliament held on Thursday the eighth session to elect a new president as the various blocs have not reached an agreement yet. After some quarrels between the lawmakers over the Constitutional stipulations pertaining the elections, the members of the parliament started voting. Consequently, 52 blank ballots were cast in the election box in ...

  • Lebanon’s Minister of Culture Calls, via Al-Manar, for Normalization
    on December 1, 2022

    The Lebanese caretaker minister of culture, Mohammad Al-Murtada, criticized the Arab media for adopting certain terms coined in the West without approaching their true meaning. Al-Murtada stressed that “normalization” refers to restoring the normal situation of a certain entity, adding that this means that the entire Palestinian territories return to […]

  • General Ibrahim Warns against Turning Syrian Refugees in Lebanon to a Time Bomb
    on November 28, 2022

    Director General of Lebanon’s  General Security, Major General Abbas Ibrahim, on Monday revealed his intention to file a lawsuit, during the upcoming period, against those spreading what he dismissed as “misleading rumors and lies” against him, especially with regard to the Beirut port explosion dossier. Ibrahim especially pointed to the timeframe […]

  • Speaker Berri Welcomes Caretaker PM Mikati: Discussions Tackle Latest Developments
    on November 28, 2022

    Caretaker Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, on Friday visited the headquarters of the second Lebanese presidency in Ain al-Tineh, where he was received by Parliament Speaker, Nabih Berri. Talks between the pair reportedly focused on the country’s general situation, as well as the latest political developments. In the wake of the meeting, Mikati sufficed by […]

  • Hezbollah Says Wants Powerful President “Who Will Never Plot against Resistance”
    on November 25, 2022

    Deputy Head of Hezbollah’s Executive Council Sheikh Ali Daamoush stressed on Friday that the resistance party wants a powerful president that is for all Lebanese people. During Friday sermon, Sheikh Daamoush affirmed that Hezbollah has been doing his duties in defending Lebanon and serving the interests of its people as well as preserving its resources. […]

  • Pro-Hezbollah Karami Hails Constitutional Council Decision: Tripoli’s Identity Won’t Change
    on November 25, 2022

    Lebanon’s Faisal Karami said that the Constitutional Council’s decision to restore his parliamentary membership is an indication of Tripoli’s Arabism identity. The remarks of the pro-resistance Lebanese figure were in an interview with Al-Manar on Thursday, few hours after the Constitutional Council annulled the parliamentary membership of his rival […]

  • Hezbollah Parliamentary Bloc: Brawling Sectarian Statesmen, Economic Siege Deprived Lebanon from Benefiting from Resistance Achievements
    on November 24, 2022

    Loyalty to Resistance parliamentary bloc reiterated on Thursday, November 24, indicated that, on the 79th anniversary of Independence Day, two images are depicted, explaining that the first scene shows the military victories of the Resistance over the Israeli and takfiri enemies in cooperation with the Lebanese people and army. In a statement issued after […]

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