Mount Lebanon Governorate

Mount Lebanon Governorate (Arabic: محافظة جبل لبنان‎) is one of the eight governorates of Lebanon. Its capital is Baabda. The majority of the population is Druze and Christian (chiefly Maronite, Greek Orthodox, and Melkite), with a smaller minority of Muslims of various sects.

Mount Lebanon Governorate

محافظة جبل لبنان
Gouvernorat du Mont-Liban
Map of Lebanon with Mount Lebanon highlighted
Map of Lebanon with Mount Lebanon highlighted
Coordinates: 33°50′N 35°32′E / 33.833°N 35.533°E / 33.833; 35.533Coordinates: 33°50′N 35°32′E / 33.833°N 35.533°E / 33.833; 35.533
CountryLebanon
CapitalBaabda
Government
 • GovernorMohammed Al-Makkawi
Area
 • Total1,958 km2 (756 sq mi)
Population
 (2015)
 • Total1,800,000
 • Density920/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

This governorate is named after the mountainous region of Mount Lebanon and, except for the small Beirut Governorate, spans the area along the Mediterranean coast between Lebanon's North Governorate and South Governorate.

DistrictsEdit

The governorate is divided into six districts (aqḍiyah, singular qaḍāʼ):

District Arabic name Capital
Aley قضاء عاليه Aley
Baabda قضاء بعبدا Baabda
Chouf قضاء الشوف Beiteddine
Jbeil قضاء جبيل Byblos
Keserwan قضاء كسروان Jounieh
Matn قضاء المتن Jdeideh
 
Ruins of port in Byblos

ReligionEdit

Religion in the Governorate of Mount Lebanon (2020)

  Christianity (85%)
  Druze (10%)
  Sunni (2.5%)
  Shia (2.5%)

Maronite Christians form the majority of the Kesrwan and Jbeil districts, and a plurality in the Metn and Baabda districts (other christian denominations such as Greek orthodox, Armenian orthodox, and Greek catholics, make up the rest of the population alongside Muslim minorities). The Druze are the majority in the Aley district and a plurality in the Chouf district (nearly equal in numbers with Sunni Muslims and Christians). Shia minorities exist in Baabda and Jbeil districts, making up 25% and 20% of those regions, respectively.

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