Article 11 of Lebanon's
Constitution states that "Arabic is the official national language. A
law determines the cases in which the French language may be used".The
majority of Lebanese people speak Lebanese Arabic, while formal Arabic
is mostly used in magazines and newspapers.
The Lebanese pound, denoted by the ISO code LBP, is the official
currency of Lebanon. The pound is known as the Lira in Arabic, as that
is the Arabic translation. Prior to World War I, the Ottoman Lira was
the official currency in Lebanon.
population of Lebanon is estimated at 3, 578, 037, according to July
2000 estimates, an increase of 578, 037 from 1980. In 2000, Lebanon's
birth rate stood at 20.26 per 1, 000, while the death rate was reported
at 6.42 per 1, 000.
Beirut is the capital and largest city of Lebanon with a population
ranging from some 1 million to more than 2 million as of 2007.