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LEBANON NEWS

Pluralistic healthcare system encourages enterprise

Salam Rayes
CEO of Saint George Hospital University Medical Center

The characteristics of Lebanon’s healthcare system is explained by Salam Rayes, CEO... Apr 07, 2016


Lebanese economy beats the odds and proves resilience

Dr Alain Hakim
Minister of Economy and Trade

Dr Alain Hakim, Lebanon’s Minister of Economy and Trade, casts aside some of the misconceptions... Feb 01, 2016



LOCATION:

Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Israel and Syria



MAP REFERENCES:

Middle East



AREA:

total: 10,400 sq km



COASTLINE:

225 km



CLIMATE:

Mediterranean; mild to cool, wet winters with hot, dry summers; the Lebanon Mountains experience heavy winter snows



NATURAL RESOURCES:

limestone, iron ore, salt, water-surplus state in a water-deficit region, arable land



LAND USE:

agricultural land: 63.3%

arable land 11.9%; permanent crops 12.3%; permanent pasture 39.1%

forest: 13.4%

other: 23.3% (2011 est.)



NATIONALITY:

noun: Lebanese (singular and plural)

adjective: Lebanese



LANGUAGES:

Arabic (official), French, English, Armenian



RELIGIONS:

Muslim 54% (27% Sunni, 27% Shia), Christian 40.5% (includes 21% Maronite Catholic, 8% Greek Orthodox, 5% Greek Catholic, 6.5% other Christian), Druze 5.6%, very small numbers of Jews, Baha'is, Buddhists, Hindus, and Mormons

note: 18 religious sects recognized (2012 est.)



GOVERNMENT TYPE:

republic



CAPITAL:

name: Beirut



INDEPENDENCE:

22 November 1943 (from League of Nations mandate under French administration)



CONSTITUTION:

drafted 15 May 1926, adopted 23 May 1926; amended several times, last in 2004 (2015)



LEGAL SYSTEM:

mixed legal system of civil law based on the French civil code, Ottoman legal tradition, and religious laws covering personal status, marriage, divorce, and other family relations of the Jewish, Islamic, and Christian communities



GDP - real growth rate:

2% (2014 est.)

2.5% (2013 est.)

2.8% (2012 est.)



GDP - composition, by sector of origin:

agriculture: 5.5%

industry: 24.8%

services: 69.7% (2014 est.)



AGRICULTURE - products:

citrus, grapes, tomatoes, apples, vegetables, potatoes, olives, tobacco; sheep, goats



INDUSTRIES:

banking, tourism, food processing, wine, jewelry, cement, textiles, mineral and chemical products, wood and furniture products, oil refining, metal fabricating






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