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.
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
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.
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