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Lebanon, officially the Lebanese Republic, 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/Palestine to the south.

Lebanon was the historic home of the Phoenicians, a maritime culture which are believed to have flourished for more than 3,000 years (3700-450 BC). The country gained independence in 1943, and French troops withdrew in 1946.

Until July 2006, a considerable degree of stability had been achieved throughout much of the country, Beirut's reconstruction was almost complete, and an increasing number of foreign tourists were pouring into Lebanon's resorts. This was until the one month long 2006 Lebanon War, between the Israeli military and Hezbollah, which caused significant civilian death and serious damage to Lebanon's civil infrastructure. The conflict lasted from 12 July 2006 until a cessation of hostilities call, by the UN Security Council, went into effect on 14 August 2006. After some turbulent political times, Lebanon was again able to revive and restablize its economy and government.  Source

Lebanon Facts

Population: 4 million

Capital: Beirut

: Lebanese Pound

Area: 10,452 km2

Language: Arabic, French    

Main Religion: Muslim

Calling Code: +961

Time Zone: GMT + 2

Main Cities: Beirut, Ra’s Bayrut, Tripoli, Sidon, Tyre, Habbouch, Jounie, Zahle, Baalbek, Jbail