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With a population of over three million the Republic of Lebanon is an Arab state in western Asia It occupies a long narrow strip of land on the Eastern Shore of the Mediterranean Sea The most populated and most recognized city in Lebanon is Beirut the capital The official tree of Lebanon is the Cedar Tree and the official language is Arabic although English and French is commonly spoken Lebanon is rather densely populated but the people are unevenly distributed Most Lebanese are Arab but there are many other racial and cultural groups Muslims make up more than half of the population which is grouped into the Sunnites and the Shiites and Christians make up most of the rest Other religions include the Maronite Catholics Greek Orthodox and the Druze There are about seventeen religious communities in Lebanon About 88 percent of the people in Lebanon can read and write Relative to its size it has the largest number of skilled medical and professional personal among the Arab nations in the Middle East The most common place to learn is at Saint Joseph University the American University and the Arab University Only about 47 percent of Lebanons students attend public elementary and high schools The rest of the students go to private or missionary schools Lebanon is a rugged land with two mountain ranges hat consist of the Lebanon Mountains and the Anti-Lebanon Mountains The Bakaa Valley lies between these two mountain ranges which gets its water from Lebanons chief river the Litani Lebanons Mediterranean coast has warm dry summers and mild rainy winters Because of the seasonal conditions the Bakaa Valley has very rich farming regions producing large amounts of tobacco vegetables cotton and grain The Lebanese economy has traditionally been based on the trade and on Beiruts position in the Middle East A railroad system links Lebanon and other Arab countries together Lebanons industries include oil refineries food processing
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