Lebanon

Lebanon is found in the Middle East, on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The country borders Syria to the north and east, and Israel to the south. Lebanon is the site of ancient Phoenicia.

QUICK FACTS

Population: 4 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Arab (95%), Armenian (4%), other (1%)
Languages: Arabic (official), French, English, Armenian
Religions: Islam (59.7%), Christian (39%), others (1.3%)

LEBANESE IN TORONTO

Lebanese Population:
In Canada: 165,150
In the GTA: 19,845
In the City of Toronto: 6,945

Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
Whitchurch-Stoufville, Vaughan, Markham, Ajax, Caledon, Mississauga, City of Toronto (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre, Ward 40 Scarborough Centre)

There is freedom of religion in Lebanon, which is the only Arab state that is not officially Muslim. The eighteen recognized religious communities include four Muslim and twelve Christian groups. The Lebanese government keeps track of every citizen's religious affiliation, and while citizens are free to choose any religion, it is mandatory for them to choose (they cannot be unaffiliated). Christianity has been on the decline in Lebanon. Christians made up 62% of the population in 1970, but this number has dropped significantly. There has been - and continues to be - a large-scale emigration of Christians. As it is becoming clear that Muslims are now the majority, they are demanding more representation in government. The quality of life in Lebanon is better than the average country. Its healthcare is modern, and life expectancies are above 70 years for both males and females.

Map of Services and Churches in the GTA: 

Social and Settlement Services in the GTA

Lebanese Youth Community - Toronto

The Arab Community Centre of Toronto
555 Burnhamthorpe Road, Suite 209
Etobicoke, ON 
M9C 2Y3
Phone: 416-231-7746

References: 

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-14647308 

Central Intelligence Agency. (2014, June 20). The World Factbook: Lebanon. Retrieved July 9, 2014, from
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/le.html

Encyclopedia of the Nations. (n.d.). Lebanon. Retrieved July 9, 2014, from
http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/economies/Asia-and-the-Pacific/Lebanon.html

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. (2009, October 15). Cultural Information - Lebanon. Retrieved July 9, 2014, from
http://www.intercultures.ca/cil-cai/

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. (2011, December 15). Overview - Lebanon. Retrieved July 9, 2014, from
http://www.intercultures.ca/cil-cai/overview-apercu-eng.asp?iso=lb 

Lebanese. (2009). In T. L. Gall & J. Hobby (Eds.), Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life (2nd ed., Vol. 4, pp. 553-559). Detroit: Gale.
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Mandryk, J. (2010). Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation (7th ed.). Colorado Springs: Biblica Publishing.

Statistics Canada. (2011, April 7). 2006 Census of Canada: Topic-based tabulations/Ethnic Origin, Single and Multiple Ethnic Origin Responses and
Sex for the Population of Canada, Provinces, Territories, Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations, 2006 Census - 20% Sample
Data
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