Country briefing: Lebanon

News reports and articles 

Latest news about Lebanon 
A compilation from multiple sources

Brian Whitaker's blog posts and other articles about Lebanon

Online news sources for Lebanon


Basic information

CIA World Factbook
The geography, people, government and economy of Lebanon

BBC country profile
Essential facts, plus politics, media and key dates in Lebanon's history

Local time

Local weather

Maps of Lebanon

Currency converter 
Lebanese pound (LBP)

National anthem 
Audio, lyrics and sheet music (National Anthems Reference Page)

More about the Lebanese flag


History and politics

Lebanon timeline
A chronology of key events (from the BBC)

Constitutional background

Text of constitution

List of government ministers (CIA)

International Crisis Group
Recent reports about Lebanon

The war of 2006 
Special page

Hariri assassination, 2005 
Special page

Documents 
Historical and political texts relating to Lebanon


Travel

US State Department
travel advice

British Foreign Office
Travel advice 

Lonely Planet 
Online tourist guide to Lebanon

Electricity, plugs and sockets 

Middle East Airlines
The national airline


Economy 

World Bank: Lebanon 
Comprehensive economic data

Lebanon and the IMF 

Central Bank of Lebanon
(Banque du Liban)

Beirut Stock Exchange

Investment Development Authority

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Beirut

Association of Lebanese Industrialists

Water and agriculture in Lebanon
FAO country profile

Green gold
The economics of cannabis growing in the Bekaa valley. The Guardian, 11 June, 2001


Lebanon: further reading

Pity the Nation: The Abduction of Lebanon 
by Robert Fisk. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Lonely Planet Syria Lebanon
by Terry Carter, et al. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

A House of Many Mansions: The History of Lebanon Reconsidered
by Kamal Salibi. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Bliss Street
A novel by Kris Kenway. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Hizbullah: The Story from Within
by Naim Qassem. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Hizbu'llah: Politics and Religion
by Amal Saad-Ghorayeb. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk