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Hannah Lindley

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Transcript of LEBANON

There are currently about 5,882,562 people living in Lebanon (July 2014 estimate). It is approximately three quarters the size of Connecticut, with a total area of 10,400 sq km. There are about 423 people per every sq km. The population is currently the biggest in the age group between 25-34.
Population, Size and Density
Sunni Muslim women of Lebanon are shown here fully-veiled.
Arabic (official)
French (official)
Dominant Languages
This is the Arabic alphabet.
Arabic Music contains many different genres, ranging from Arabic classical to Arabic pop music and from secular to sacred music. Some popular instruments include the Derbakki (also known as the Tabla) which is a drum, and the lute (a flute-like instrument). Fete de la Musique is an annual music festival held in Lebanon.
Music and Instruments
World-renown female recording artist Shakira was born and raised in the country of Colubia, but is actually of Lebanese descent. Her father's parents were from Lebanon and moved to New York before he was born.
Nina Abdel Malak is an new-found Lebanese artist that I really like. She competed on Star Academy Arab World, which was a singing TV show that was the Arabic addition of the French TV show Star Academy.
The most common religion of Lebanon is Muslim- 54% (27% Sunni, 27% Shia). Christians are also dominant- 40.5% (21% Maronite Catholic, 8% Greek Orthodox, 5% Greek Catholic, 6.5% other Christian). Other religions include Druze- 5.6% and very small numbers of Jews, Baha'is, Buddists, Hindus, and Mormons.
Flag and Meaning
The red bands represent blood shed for liberation. The white band represents peace. The green cedar tree is the symbol of Lebanon and represents eternity, steadiness, happiness, and prosperity.
Fun Facts
1. There are a total of 18 religious communities recognized in Lebanon.
2. 70% of students in Lebanon are enrolled in a private school.
3. The name "Lebanon" and "Cedar" both appear 75 times each in the Old Testament of the Bible.
4. Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, has been destroyed and rebuilt a total of nine times.
5. 4 million Lebanese are living in Lebanon, but around 15 million Lebanese live outside of Lebanon.
Political System
Lebanon has a republic government. The National Assembly elects a president every six years. The prime minister and deputy prime minister are appointed by the president and the National Assembly. The current president is Michel Sulayman (since May 25, 2008). The current prime minister is Tamam Salam (sine April 6, 2013) and the deputy prime minister is Samir Moqbil (since July 7 2011)
My Connection with Lebanon
When my mom was younger, she had a friend who was Lebanese, and she was actually a bridesmaid in my mom's wedding.
I've also always been very interested in the Middle Eastern countries, and I hope to visit there when I am older.
An Introduction to Lebanon
Lebanon is a small Middle Eastern Country located between Israel and Syria. Known for it's culture and diversity, Lebanon is actually a country torn by war. It has extreme tension with Israel and Syria, and these countries' relationships with each other remain unresolved. Lebanon was ruled by France from 1920 until 1943, and became it's own independent country. Their independence day is celebrated on November 22. Lebanon's economy is service-oriented and the main growth sectors are banking and tourism.
Lebanese pound- keep in mind that 1,508.64 Lebanese pounds equals 1 US dollar.
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