Keserwan-Jbeil Governorate

Keserwan-Jbeil (Arabic: كسروان - جبيل) is the most recently created governorate of Lebanon. It consists of the districts of Jbeil and Keserwan.[3] Keserwan-Jbeil covers an area of 722 km2 (279 sq mi)[1] and is bounded by the North Governorate to the north, the Baalbek-Hermel Governorate to the east, the Mount Lebanon Governorate to the south, and the Mediterranean Sea to the west. The capital is at Jounieh.[4]

كسروان - جبيل
Location of Keserwan-Jbeil Governorate in Lebanon
Location of Keserwan-Jbeil Governorate in Lebanon
Coordinates: 34°06′N 35°48′E / 34.1°N 35.8°E / 34.1; 35.8Coordinates: 34°06′N 35°48′E / 34.1°N 35.8°E / 34.1; 35.8
Country Lebanon
Established7 September 2017
 • GovernorPauline Deeb
 • Total722 km2 (279 sq mi)
 • Estimate 
(31 December 2017)[2]
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

As of the end of 2017, the combined population of the districts of Jbeil and Keserwan was estimated to be 282,222.[2] Maronites comprise a large majority of the population in the governorate, while Shiites are the next largest confessional group. In the 2018 Lebanese general election, Jbeil and Keserwan formed the Mount Lebanon I electoral district which was allotted eight parliamentary seats in total, seven Maronite and one Shia.[5]

A proposal to separate the districts of Jbeil and Keserwan from Mount Lebanon Governorate was first submitted to Parliament in 2003.[6] The new governorate was finally established by the gazetting of Law 52 on 7 September 2017.[4][7] Implementation of the governorate began in 2020 with the appointment of its first governor, Pauline Deeb.[8]

Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve is located in the governorate.


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