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Lebanese Republic

Location: Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Israel and Syria 10,400 sq km

Area: 10,400 sq km

Climate: Mediterranean; mild to cool, wet winters with hot, dry summers; Lebanon mountains experience heavy winter snows

Terrain: narrow coastal plain; Al Biqa' (Bekaa Valley) separates Lebanon and Anti-Lebanon Mountains

Population: 3,562,699 (July 1999 est.)

Religions: Islam 70% (5 legally recognized Islamic groups°™Alawite or Nusayri, Druze, Isma'ilite, Shi'a, Sunni), Christian 30% (11 legally recognized Christian groups°™4 Orthodox Christian, 6 Catholic, 1 Protestant), Judaism NEGL%

Languages: Arabic (official), French, English, Armenian widely understood

Capital: Beirut

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