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THE FACTS
NAME: Lebanon
LOCATION: Africa & The Middle East
GOVERNMENT:   Republic
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: Arabic (official), French, English, and Armenian are also spoken.
MAJOR RELIGION(S):  Muslim 59.7% (Shi'a, Sunni, Druze, Isma'ilite, Alawite or Nusayri), Christian 39% (Maronite Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Melkite Catholic, Armenian Orthodox, Syrian Catholic, Armenian Catholic, Syrian Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Chaldean, Assyrian, Copt, Protestant), other 1.3%.
MAJOR ETHNIC GROUPS: Arab 95%, Armenian 4%, other 1%. Many Christian Lebanese do not identify themselves as Arab but rather as descendents of the ancient Canaanites and prefer to be called Phoenicians.

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