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1. Geography
2. Political situation
3. Economy
a. Figures
4. Health
5. Education
a. Universities
6. Demographics
7. Religions
a. Freedom
8. Peoples
9. Languages
10. History
11. Cities and Towns

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Key figures
GDP per capita
World average: +13%.
MENA rank: 11 of 23.
US$44.2 billion.
MENA rank: 18 of 23.
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2.5 points of 10 max.
World rank: 130 of 180.
MENA rank: 15 of 21.
Investment friendly
World rank: 99 of 181.
MENA rank: 11 of 21.
Economic freedom
58.1 points of 100 max.
World rank: 95 of 179.
MENA rank: 10 of 19.
Value of Currency
US$1=1,539 Pounds

US$1=1,516 Pounds

US$1=1,507 Pounds

Sep. 2008:
US$1=1,502 Pounds

Despite the civil war, surprisingly much of the economic life survived in Lebanon. The country enjoys today much goodwill from both countries in the west and in the Arab world. Even if much of the country's best people left the country, the will to return and resettle in Lebanon is high.
The restructuring of Beirut takes time, partly because the planned Beirut is a hasty attempt to bring elegance back to Beirut at discount rates. Lebanon is right now in a transitory process, with an extreme deficit on the foreign trade, high unemployment rates, and sometimes little control with investments and profits.

By Tore Kjeilen