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North Governorate

North Governorate (Arabic: الشمال‎, Aš Šamāl) (Lebanese pr. eš šmél) (French: Gouvernorat du Liban-Nord) is one of the governorates of Lebanon. Its capital is Tripoli. Ramzi Nohra has been its governor since May 2, 2014.[2] The population of North Governorate is 731,251.[3]



Gouvernorat du Liban-Nord
Map of Lebanon with North Governorate highlighted
Map of Lebanon with North Governorate highlighted
Coordinates: 34°26′N 35°51′E / 34.433°N 35.850°E / 34.433; 35.850Coordinates: 34°26′N 35°51′E / 34.433°N 35.850°E / 34.433; 35.850
 • GovernorRamzi Nohra
 • Total2,024.8 km2 (781.8 sq mi)
 • Total807,204
 • Density400/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Batroun port, North Governorate


North Governorate is divided into districts, or aqdya. The districts are listed below (capitals in parentheses):

A law was passed in 2003 to separate Akkar District from North Governorate and form a new governorate, Akkar Governorate.[4] Implementation of Akkar Governorate began in 2014 with the appointment of its first governor.[5]

Religion in North GovernorateEdit

Religion in the North Governorate (2018)

  Sunni (47%)
  Alawites (4%)
  Christianity (49%)

Sunnis make up the majority of the city of tripoli and the miniyeh and danniyeh districts with some presence in zgharta and the koura districts, Alawites are present only in a small part in the city of tripoli, while Christians make up the overlwhelming majority in zgharta, batroun, bsharri and koura districts (91% based on registered voters).

Electoral Constituencies and Confessional DistributionEdit

The North governorate is divided into two separate electoral constituencies: North I (Tripoli-Minnieh-Danniyeh) and North II (Batroun-Zghorta-Koura-Bsharri).

North I's seats are distributed as follows:[6]

  • 8 Sunni Muslims (5 in Tripoli, 1 in Minnieh, 2 in Dennieh)
  • 1 Alawite Muslim (in Tripoli)
  • 1 Maronite Christian (in Tripoli)
  • 1 Orthodox Christian (in Tripoli)

North II's seats are distributed as follows:[7]

  • 7 Maronite (2 in Batroun, 2 in Bsharri, 3 in Zgharta)
  • 3 Orthodox (all in Koura district)


  1. ^ a b Lebanese Ministry of Environment: "Lebanon State of the Environment Report", Chapter 1, page 11, 2001. Archived 2009-03-25 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ News, Business. "Cabinet appoints five new governors".
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  4. ^ "Territorial administration of Lebanon". Localiban. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Cabinet Appoints 5 New Governors, Accepts Qaloush's Resignation". Naharnet. 2 May 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Elections 2018 - L'Orient-Le Jour". L'Orient-Le Jour.
  7. ^ "Elections 2018 - L'Orient-Le Jour". L'Orient-Le Jour.