Population Stats

Population and Manpower

Source: United Nations and ILO, unless indicated.

Ecomonic Indicators

Source: The Center for Economic Research and Documentation at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Beirut

Population and Manpower in Lebanon

Population: 3,200,000 (1997) (official estimate: 3,111,828 million)

  • Age distribution:
  • % aged 0 -4 : 12.3
  • % aged 5 – 14 : 21.8
  • % aged 15 – 24 : 20.0
  • % aged 25 – 59 : 32.1
  • % aged 60 – 64 : 8.3
  • % aged 65 or over: 5.5

 

  • Average family size according to governorates:
  • Beirut : 4.1 individuals
  • Mount Lebanon: 4.4 individuals
  • Beqaa : 5.0 individuals
  • North : 5.3 individuals
  • South : 4.9 individuals
  • Nabatiyeh : 4.6 individuals
Source: Ministry of Social Affairs in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund.

Percent urban: 88
Population density: 306 per sq. km
Population growth rate: 1.8%
Birth rate:per thousand 24.2
Death rate:per thousand 6.4
Net migration rate:per thousand 0.0
Total fertility rate: per woman 2.75
Net reproduction rate: 1.27
Infant mortality rate: per thousand births 29

Life expextancy at birth:(years)

  • Males : 68.1
  • Females : 71.7
  • Both sexes: 69.9

Illiteracy reached 13.6%, 9.2% for males, 17.8% for females

Illiteracy percentages according to age and sex
Age Bracket Males % of Illiteracy Females % of Illeteracy
10-14 years 2.0% 2.2%
15-19 years 3.6% 3.6%
20-24 years 4.1% 4.8%
25-29 years 4.6% 7.0%
30-34 years 5.5% 8.5%
35-39 years 5.8% 11.5%
40-44 years 6.9% 16.8%
45 years and above 22.1% 46.0%
Source: Ministry of Social Affairs in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund.

 

  • Enrollment:
Age Bracket Males in School Females in School
6-9 years 83.7% 83.9%
10-14 years 92.6% 93.4%
15-19 years 59.3% 65.7%
20-24 years 24.7% 24.9%
25-29 years 6.9% 4.6%
Source: Ministry of Social Affairs in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund.

Disability: The number of disabled persons was estimated to be 29,867 distributed according to the type of disability:
Blind: 7.4%
Deaf: 9.8%
Paralyzed: 20.4%
Disability in Limbs or Amputation: 20.3%
Mentally Retarded: 24.4%
Other Disabilities: 17.7%

Source: Ministry of Social Affairs in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund.

 

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Percent economically active by major sectors: (1990)

  • Agriculture : 7.3
  • Industry : 31.0
  • Services : 61.7

Percent ecomonically active by sex:

  • Males : 50.0
  • Females: 20.0

 

Source: United Nations and ILO, unless indicated.

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Economic Indicators

Gross Domestic Product: $9.5 billion (1995)
GDP per capita: $2700

  • Main components of GDP
  • Trade and related activities: 28%
  • Services, including financial services: 20%
  • Manufacturing: 13%
  • Construction: 10%
  • Agriculture: 4%
  • Public work, government services and activity: 25%

Exchange rate: 1 US$ = 1,521.50 L.L. (03/31/98)

  • Foreign Trade: (1995)
  • Total exports: $825.2 million
  • Total imports: $7,286.6 milliom
  • Balance of trade deficit: $6,461.4 million
  • Capital transfer: $7,500 million
  • Balance of trade surplus: $1,038.6 million

 

  • Public debt
  • Internal public debt (in billion L.L.): 11,997.3 (end of 1995)
  • Foreign debt: $1,282 million (end of 1995)

 

Lebanon’s Trade Exchange in 1995
COUNTRIES (in Thousand U.S.$) EXPORTS IMPORTS BALANCE
United States 30,933 770,073 (739,140)
Canada 4,231 43,300 (39,069)
Australia 3,810 10,798 (6,988)
Japan 5,916 287,051 (281,135)
New Zealand 142 1,939 (1,797)
Austria 321 31,633 (31,312)
Belgium 7,129 137,791 (130,662)
Denmark 1,973 58,131 (56,158)
Finland 214 48,289 (48,075)
France 49,468 554,401 (504,933)
Germany 18,352 609,785 (591,433)
Greece 4,475 226,993 (222,518)
Ireland 33 29,512 (29,479)
Italy 12,212 943,730 (931,518)
Luxembourg 9 1,147 (1,138)
Netherlands 12,338 120,601 (108,263)
Norway 253 10,535 (10,282)
Portugal 84 18,009 (17,925)
Spain 7,919 144,575 (136,656)
Sweden 2,372 100,884 (98,512)
Switzerland 9,302 332,959 (323,657)
United Kingdom 13,851 284,101 (270,250)
The Common Market 111 250,138 (250,027)
Bahrain 5,978 2,337 3,641
Egypt 15,914 63,203 (47,289)
Iran 1,191 30,382 (29,191)
Iraq 10 20 (10)
Jordan 29,522 41,769 (12,247)
Kuwait 32,424 9,048 23,376
Libya 11,192 37,062 (25,870)
Oman 3,012 1,557 1,455
Qatar 7,278 496 6,782
Saudi Arabia 91,331 125,950 (34,619)
Syria 69,126 235,410 (166,284)
U.A.E. 236,626 23,859 212,767
Yemen 969 312 657
TOTAL 690,021 5,587,780 (4,897,759)

 

Source: The Center for Economic Research and Documentation at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Beirut