Comparative law and justice/Lebanon
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Thabchi 0178 19:22, 11 February 2010 (UTC)
- 1 Basic Information about Lebanon
- 2 Brief History
- 3 Economic Development, Health, and Education
- 4 Governance
- 5 Courts and Criminal Law
- 6 Rights
Basic Information about Lebanon
Age Structure: 0-14 years: 26.7% (male 520,270; female 499,609) 15-64 years: 66.4% (male 1,216,738; female 1,324,031) 65 years and over: 6.9% (male 120,176; female 145,194)
Area: 4,035 sq. mi.
Lebanon is located in Western Asia, and Syria borders the country from the North while Irael borders it from the South. It falls on the eastern shore of the Medditeranian sea. Mount Lebanon or the Western Mountain Range of Lebanon runs 99 miles across the Medditeranian coast and is considered the most important geographical feature in Lebanon. It is the home of the famous "Cedars of Lebanon". Lebanon has several languages such as French, English, Armenian, but the official language is Arabic. 59% of the population in Lebanon are Muslims. Within the Muslim reliogion there are 5 different sects Shia, Sunni, Druze, Isma'ilite, Alawite or Nusayri. 39% of the Lebanese population practice Christianity. Similiar to the Muslim there are 12 recognized sects, (Maronite Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Melkite Catholic, Armenian Orthodox, Syrian Catholic, Armenian Catholic, Syrian Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Chaldean, Assyrian, Copt, Protestant. 1.3% of the people are in the other catergory.
Key ethnic groups and the percentage of the population that is of each one, including how these ethnic groups ended up in the country.The key ethinc group in Lebanon is Arab with an astonishing 95%. Arabs make up a huge majority of the country. 4% of the population are Armenian, with 1% describing themselves as other. "many Christian Lebanese do not identify themselves as Arab but rather as descendents of the ancient Canaanites and prefer to be called Phoenicians"