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LEBANON
Population

Cities in LEBANON

Beirut

Population

The population of Lebanon is 6,229,794 (2017). The population density is high at about 596 inhabitants per square kilometre.

The population growth rate is -1.1%. (2017)
Birth rate per 1,000 inhabitants is 14.3 (2017)
Mortality rate per 1000 inhabitants is 5 (2017)
Life expectancy is 77.8 years. (men 76.5 and women 79.1 years (2017)

Population composition:
95% of the population has an Arab background. The remaining 5% consists mainly of Armenians and Kurds.

Language

Arabic is the official language in Lebanon. French, English and Armenian are also spoken.

Some pronunciation rules of Arabic:

There is no fixed Dutch spelling for Arabic words. The names are written as they are pronounced. So Aqaba can just as well be spelled as Akaba.

Arabic is written from right to left and consists of 28 consonants. Vowels are not written, which results in different Latin spellings for the same word. Arabic numerals are written from left to right.

Some words and phrases:

EnglishArabic
Onewahed, female: wahda
twoetnen
threetalata
Ten‘ashra
Hundredmeyya
Thousand‘alf
Sundayyom el had
Wednesdayyom el ’arba’
Yes‘aywa
Nola’
Summersef
Wintersheta
Where is the hotel?fen el fondok?
What time is it?essa’a kam?
What is your name?‘esm-ak ‘ak? (man)
What is your name?‘esm-ek ‘eh? (woman)
Do you have change?‘andokom fakka?

Religion

About 60% of the population is Muslim and 40% is Christian. These two religions are practised in all sorts of movements and sects.


Sources

BBC - Country Profiles

CIA - World Factbook

Elmar Landeninformatie 

Grünfeld, R. / Syrië, Jordanië en Libanon
Kosmos-Z&K

Jenkins S. & Jousiffe A. / Lebanon
Lonely Planet 


Last updated January 2024
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