Country Profile: Lebanon
Other CitiesHermel, Aley, Chouf, Baalbek
Official languagesArabic, French
AreaTotal 10,452 km2
Lebanon is a country in Western Asia, on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It is bordered by Syria to the north and east, and Israel to the south. The country gained its independence in 1943 and has been growing and expanding ever since.
Languages and Dialects
The official language of Lebanon is Arabic, however French is also considered to be a secondary official language. The majority of Lebanese people speak Lebanese Arabic, and sometimes French and/or English. Likewise, Lebanese people of Armenian or Greek descent often speak Armenian or Greek fluently.
The nation of Lebanon is extremely suitable for agricultural industry, being that it has large reserves of water and good farmland, it also has the largest amount of arable land in the world among Arab speaking nations. Apples, peaches, oranges and lemons are among the most common agricultural products, though the agricultural industry in only about 15% of total GDP for the nation of Lebanon.
Education in Lebanon is state funded and mandatory until secondary level. Lebanon also has one of the highest literacy rates in the Arab world and is considered to have one of the best educational systems overall for Arab speaking countries. The subjects of focus are usually math, science, history and geography, and Arabic is taught as well as English or French as a secondary language.
In the future, Lebanon looks to expand their already booming economy and build upon their various industries, such as agriculture, mining and tourism. While building on the strength of their well organized educational system and impressive infrastructure, Lebanon will also continue grow and expand as a scientific leader as well. Furthermore, Lebanon has become a leader in the Arab speaking world and they have begun research to further develop renewable energy resources, such as wind, solar and hydroelectric.
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