Lebanon

Short Name LIB
Contact Details

Tel: +961 595 0687, +961 595 0688, +961 595 1358

Fax: +961 545 7315

Web Address www.lebolymp.org/
Email lebolymp@cyberia.net.lb
Capital Beirut
Language Arabic, French, English & Armenian
Population 4,196,453
Area 10,452 km²
Calling code +961
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ABOUT

Lebanon otherwise known as the Republic of Lebanon is bordered by Syria to the north and east, Palestine to the south and the Mediterranean Sea.

It gained independence on the 22 November 1943 from League of Nations mandate under French administration.

The capital city is Beirut. Lebanon tourist destinations comprise of the “Paris of the East” or Beirut, Anjar which is reputed to have an “Umayyad” connection.

Beiteddine, which is the home of Arabic architecture and lovely historical monuments; Qadisha Valley or the Holy Valley, which is listed among the World Heritage sites , famous monasteries, beautiful chapels, Tyre and Tripoli which is often compared to the dream of Arabian Nights.

CULTURE

The area including modern Lebanon has been home to various civilizations and cultures for thousands of years.

Originally home to the Phoenicians, and then subsequently conquered and occupied by the Assyrians, the Persians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Arabs, the Ottoman Turks and most recently the French, Lebanese culture has over the millennia evolved by borrowing from all of these groups.

Lebanon's diverse population, composed of different ethnic and religious groups, has further contributed to the country's lively festivals, highly successful musical styles and literature as well as their rich cuisine, and numerous violent clashes amongst different religious and ethnic groups.

In ancient times, Lebanon housed large forests of the Cedars of Lebanon, which now serve as the country's national emblem.

However, centuries of trading cedar trees, used by ancient mariners for boats, and the absence of any efforts to replant them have depleted them.

CLIMATE

Lebanon has a moderate Mediterranean climate. Winters are generally cool and rainy and summers are hot and humid.

In more elevated areas, temperatures usually drop below freezing during the winter; summers, on the other hand, are warm and dry.

Although most of Lebanon receives a relatively large amount of rainfall annually, certain areas receive little rainfall because the high peaks of the western mountains.

RELIGION

60% Muslim, 39% Christian and 1% other

SPORTS

Because of Lebanon's unique geography, both summer and winter sports thrive in the country. Canoeing, cycling, rafting, climbing, swimming, sailing and spelunking are among the other common leisure sports in Lebanon.

At the competitive level, basketball, football, and hip ball are among Lebanon's most popular sports.

To meet the needs of these international competitions, Lebanon maintains state-of-the-art athletic facilities, which in turn encourage local sporting activities.

Lebanon sends athletes to both the winter and summer games of the Olympics and Special Olympics.

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