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Information: a country.

Lebanon, officially known as the Lebanese Republic, is a country in Western Asia. It is bordered by Syria to the north and east and Israel to the south. The earliest evidence of civilization in Lebanon dates back more than seven thousand years, predating recorded history. Despite its small size, the country has developed a well-known culture and has been highly influential in the Arab world, powered by its large diaspora.

On September 1, 1926, France formed the Lebanese Republic. A constitution was adopted on May 25, 1926 establishing a democratic republic with a parliamentary system of government. Lebanon gained a measure of independence while France was occupied by Germany during World War II.

When the United Nations officially came into existence on October 24, 1945, after ratification of the United Nations Charter by the five permanent members, as Lebanon was a founding member state, the French mandate was legally terminated on that date and full independence attained.

In May 1948, Lebanon supported neighbouring Arab countries in a war against Israel. While some irregular forces crossed the border and carried out minor skirmishes against Israel, it was without the support of the Lebanese government, and Lebanese troops did not officially invade.

National Dance: Dabke

Location: Middle East

Language: Arabic and French

Religions: Islam and Christianity


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