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Lebanon, a country of myths and legends, has a very long history full of trade, investment and tourism. Given its location on the Mediterranean, Lebanon is known by archeological remains of its largest cities: Beirut, Byblos, Sidon, Baalbeck,Tripoli, and Tyre.

Capital: Beirut

Population: 3.7 millions (1995)

Area: 10,452 square kilometers

Language: Arabic. In addition to their native language of Arabic the average Lebanese are often fluent in French or English .

The Lebanese flag: The Lebanese flag is divided into three wide, horizontal stripes with red on top and bottom, and a wider white stripe in the middle. In the center of this white stripe is a green cedar tree, the emblem of the country.

Government: Democratic Republic, with a parliamentary system and a cabinet of ministers.Its constitution is based on the separation of executive, legislative and judicial powers.The 128 Members of Parliament are elected for a four-year term. Lebanon is divided into six regional governments, or Mohafazzat: Beirut, North Lebanon, Mount Lebanon, South Lebanon, The Bekaa Valley and Nabatiyeh.

Passports & Visas: Foreigners holding a valid passport, wishing to visit Lebanon, can obtain a visa from the nearest embassy or consulate. Residents of USA, European Union, Arabian Gulf & Malaysia can obtain visas at Rafic Hariri International Airport - Beirut . For updates on visa information, contact the Lebanese embassy or consulate in your country or visit the General Directorate of the General Security Website.

Customs & duty free allowance: Personal effects are exempted from taxes. 2 bottles of spirits & 500 grams of tobacco or 400 cigarettes or 20 cigars are allowed per person.

Currency: Lebanese pound (LBP)

Climate: Typical Mediterranean climate enjoying 300 sunny days per year. On the coast winter is moderate & summer is warm/hot & humid. In the Mountains winter is cold with snow covering highest peaks from December to April while summer is fresh & cool.
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