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In modern times, through a combination of factors Lebanon developed into one of the most important economic and politico-cultural centres in the Arab world. The Civil War which erupted in 1975 brought this development to an end.
The Beirut Corniche
The Beirut Corniche
Statue of Rafic Hariri
Statue of Rafic Hariri
Shopping in Beirut
Shopping in Beirut
Young Lebanese women
Young Lebanese women

Further Reading

]Lebanon’s somewhat peculiar political system – the President has to be a Maronite, the Prime Minister a Sunni, the Speaker of Parliament a Shiite, the Minister of Defence a Druze, and the parliamentary seats are divided along...
It is not known how many people with other nationalities live in Lebanon, as there are many illegal immigrants. There are said to be thousands of Syrians, but officially, they number only a few hundred.
Lebanon is marked by huge social differences between communities and regions. For instance, the overall adult literacy rate is very high (91 percent for men, 92 percent for women), but in the southern town of Sidon, 35 percent of ...
The crime rate in Lebanon is moderate. Early 2010, Lebanon's Internal Security Forces released a statement saying crime had decreased in the previous year. However, the statement also said that theft incidents and robberies had in...
Of those who do have health insurance, almost a quarter (23.4 percent) are covered by the National Social Security Fund (CNSS), 9.0 percent by health services provided by the Army and the Internal Security Forces, and 4.3 percent ...
Most households are made up of four (19.7 percent) or five (18.5 percent) persons. The percentage of households made up of seven or more persons is 12.6 percent, and the percentage of single-person households is 7.3 percent. 41.9 ...
Lebanese women go out, study, go to university, work, have their own businesses, are elected to Parliament, even become ministers. Superficially, they do much better than in other Arab countries. Still, even today some laws discri...
Youth of Lebanon below the age of 25 years constitute more than half of the population (under 15: 27.3 percent, 15-24: 19.8 percent, data of 2007). The percentages vary per region, from 21.7 percent of 15-24 years old in South Leb...
In 2009, a Financing Agreement (10 million EUR) was signed with the EU aiming at consolidating the Rule of Law by supporting the modernization of the Lebanese justice system. It will support the implementation of the Ministry of J...
Illiteracy is almost non-existent among the under 25: 1.3 percent, and it is worth noting that girls (0.9 percent illiterate) fare better than boys (1.6 percent). From the age of 35, however, the situation is reversed and between ...

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