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Lebanon enters written history with the Canaanites in the third millennium BC, but archaeology demonstrates that it had a history stretching back far beyond that. At Byblos, which can justifiably claim to be one of the oldest continually inhabited sites in the world, archeologists discovered a settlement 7000 years old. During the third millennium BC Egyptian ships came to Byblos to acquire cedar wood, and Lebanon was coveted by the rulers of Egypt . . .[read more]

 Official Name

Republic of Lebanon





Lebanon has a parliamentary system of government and a cabinet headed by a prime minister.  Its constitution is based on the separation of the executive, legislative and juridical powers, with a president elected for a six-year term. The 128 members of parliament are elected by universal adult suffrage for a four - year term.



 Surface Area

10,452 km2


4 Million


Arabic, French, English


GMT +2 in winter and GMT +3 in summer. Summer time goes into effect the last Sunday of March and ends the last Sunday in October at 12 midnight.


Lebanese Lira (L.L.), Lebanese Pound (LBP)

 Main Cities

Beirut, Tripoli, Sidon, Tyre, Zahle





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