| GENERAL INFORMATION
IOC Code: LIB
President: Emile Lahoud
Largest City: Beirut
Currency: Lebanese pound (LBP)
Official languages: Arabic, French
Motto: Us all! For our Nation, for
our Emblem and Glory!
(1 January 2005)
Population: 3 577 000
GDP/inhabitant (in US $): 5 100
Density (inhabitants/km2): 358
Average age (in years):
Life expectancy (in years): 72.35
Internet code: .lb
Calling code: +961
Lebanon, officially the Republic of Lebanon, is a small, largely mountainous country in the Middle East, located at the eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea. It is bordered by Syria to the north and east, and Israel to the south, with a narrow coastline along its western edge. The flag of Lebanon features the Lebanon Cedar in green against a white backdrop, with two quarter-height horizontal red stripes on the top and bottom.
The name Lebanon (also "Loubnan" or "Lebnan") is derived from the Aramaic word lavan, meaning "white", a reference to snow-capped Mount Lebanon.