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Lebanon The Republic of Lebanon is a small country on the Mediterranean Sea, in the Middle East.

Sidon, Lebanon

Lebanon's population is 3.9 million; its land area is 4,000 square miles (the size of Cyprus, or smaller than Connecticut). Lebanon is one of the countries called the Cradle of Humanity. Lebanon was where the Phoenicians would live. The area was a part of the Roman Empire and witnessed the Crusades in the Middle Ages.

Until the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990), Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, famous for its French-style architecture and boulevards, was called the Paris of the Middle East. The country is trying to recover from the civil war, with foreign investments and tourism rising steadily. Lebanon's religions are almost half / half Christian and Muslim. This small country has a rich and varied culture. A typical travel itinerary in Lebanon would include Beirut, Sidon, Tyre, Anjar, Baalbeck, Byblos, Tripoli, Cedars, Kadisha, Afka, Faqra, Jeitta Grotto and Harissa. Lebanon Ministry of Tourism official site

Lebanon occupies a strip of land along the Mediterranean coast between Syria and Israel. This country produces olive oil, grain and fruits. The chief industries are oil-refining, food-processing and cement. Tourism is a valuable source of income. Lebanon has no firm agricultural base although bananas and citrus fruits grow in the coastal plain and deciduous fruits from the upland form the basis of an export trade. Lebanon is a classic cross-roads economy, whose location in peace time provides a good standard of living for its inhabitants.

It is a republic; its capital is Beirut and the dominant language of the country is Arabic. It is the only country of south west Asia which has sizable Christian population of about 50%. It is a mountainous country with Mediterranean climate. The tourism industry is centered around the city of Beirut which is beautiful, attractive and well located. Other cities of Lebanon are Tripoli, Sidon and Tyre.

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