Republic of Lebanon
Capital: Beruit HDI: 0.769
GDP (PPP): $49.919 billion
Currency: Lebanese Pound
Lebanon is a sovereign state in Asia. It is bordered by Syria to the north and east and Israel to the south. Lebanon’s location at the crossroads of the Mediterranean Basin and the Arabian hinterland facilitated its rich history and shaped a cultural identity of religious and ethnic diversity. The earliest evidence of civilization in Lebanon dates back more than seven thousand years, predating recorded history. Lebanon was the home of the Canaanites/Phoenicians and their kingdom, a maritime culture that flourished for over a thousand years (c. 1550–539 BC). In 64 BC, the region came under the rule of the Roman Empire, and eventually became one of the Empire’s leading centers of Christianity. In the Mount Lebanon range a monastic tradition known as the Maronite Church was established. As the Arab Muslims conquered the region, the Maronites held onto their religion and identity. However, a new religious group, the Druze, established themselves in Mount Lebanon as well, generating a religious divide that has lasted for centuries. During the Crusades, the Maronites re-established contact with the Roman Catholic Church and asserted their communion with Rome. The ties they established with the Latins have influenced the region into the modern era.
Lebanon’s economy is expected to grow 1.9% in 2016, which is down 0.3 percentage points from last month’s estimate. For 2017, the panel projects GDP to expand 2.3%.
Lebanon Economy – overview
Lebanon has a free-market economy and a strong laissez-faire commercial tradition. The government does not restrict foreign investment
Industry Trends & Business Climate
World Bank ‘Doing Business’ report
What does Lebanon’s World Bank ranking say about thebusiness climate?
Establishing a Presence
Business Registration Requirements – Starting a Business in Lebanon
Registration application and a draft of the registrationcertificate to be issued
Business Registration Requirements – Doing Business in Lebanon
Important consideration when starting a business including registration
Business Types – Types of business companies in Lebanon
A description of the business structure options in Lebanon
Business Types – IDAL – Doing Business
Under Lebanese legislation, local and foreign investors have the option to establish a broad range of business structures
Lebanon Sales Tax Rate | VAT Forecast 2016-2020
Sales Tax Rate in Lebanon is expected to be 10.00 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the Lebanon Sales Tax Rate | VAT is projected to trend around 10.00 percent in 2020, according to our econometric models.
Lebanon Corporate Tax Rate 2004-2016
The Corporate Tax Rate in Lebanon stands at 15 percent.
Lebanon Corporate – Taxes
The income tax law does not provide for a single tax on income. Accordingly, where a taxpayer has income from different sources, each type of income is taxed according to the tax chapter it falls under.
Lebanon Personal Income Tax Rate | 2004-2016
The Personal Income Tax Rate in Lebanon stands at 20 percent.
Lebanon Individual – Taxes on personal income
Personal income tax (PIT) is levied on wages and salaries at progressive rates between 2% and 20% and on business income (e.g. sole proprietorships, general partnerships) at progressive rates between 4% and 21%.
Lebanon Sales Tax Rate | VAT | 2014-2016
The Sales Tax Rate in Lebanon stands at 10 percent.
Lebanon – Bureau of Consular Affairs
See “Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements” on this site
Visa application service
Best Lebanon Transportation on VirtualTourist
84 tips on getting to and getting around Lebanon from real travelers and locals.
Transport in Lebanon – Wikipedia
Transportation in Lebanon varies greatly in quality from the ultramodern Beirut International Airport to poor road conditions in many parts of the country.
Telecom – Lebanon – Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband
n late 2014 the World Bank announced it would launch its Mobile Internet Ecosystem project (MIEP) in the country. Lebanon was chosen by the World Bank because it has a highly educated population who can speak a number of languages – See more at: http://www.budde.com.au/Research/Lebanon-Telecoms-Mobile-and-Broadband.html#sthash.BOh5fjZc.dpuf
Telecommunications in Lebanon
A summary of the telecommunications market in Lebanon
Labor Laws – Doing Buisness in Lebanon
A comprehensive guide to labor laws in Lebanon
Education – Lebanon – EDUCATION
The Lebanese, along with the Palestinians, had one of the highest literacy rates in the Arab world. The war adversely affected educational standards.
Education – Lebanon Education Stats
Education statistics for Lebanon
Business Etiquette – How to Master Business Etiquette in Lebanon
Dos and Don’ts of business etiquette in Lebanon
Business Etiquette – Lebanon – Language, Culture, Customs and Etiquette
Guide to Lebanon and Lebanese people, culture, society, language, business and socialetiquette, manners, protocol and useful information
Climate of the World: Lebanon
Lebanon has a Mediterranean climate characterized by long, hot, dry summers and short, cool, rainy winters.
Climate – Lebanon Weather, Climate and Geography
Lebanon has a typically Mediterranean climate.
Safety – Lebanon – travel.state.gov
See “Safety and Security” on this site
Safety – Is Lebanon safe? Travel safety advice
Up to date travel alerts
Holidays – Lebanon Public Holidays 2016
Public holidays for 2016
Demographics – Lebanon Demographics Profile
Demographic facts and figures
Demographics – CIA – The World Factbook – Lebanon
Demographic information from the CIA
Holidays in Lebanon – World Travel Guide
Full list of Lebanon public and bank holidays.
Cost of Living in Beirut
List of prices in Beirut (Lebanon) for food, housing, transportation, going out, and more
Cost of Living in Lebanon
Average prices of more than 40 products and services in Lebanon. Prices of restaurants, food, transportation, utilities and housing are included.
Lebanon – Trade – European Commission
Bilateral trade between the EU and Lebanon has been increasing steadily over the past years, with an average annual growth of 12.7% since 2008
Export regulations by Customs of Lebanon
Detailed list of duty-free, prohibited and restricted items available for export under rules andregulations by Customs of Lebanon.
The U.S. Commercial Service in Lebanon is part of a global network of trade specialists dedicated to support U.S. commercial interests overseas
Housing and Rentals
Lebanon Corporate Housing and Extended Stay Hotels
Find short-term furnished apartments and extended stay hotels
Lebanon – Lonely Planet
A listing of top site and experiences in Lebanon
Lebanon Travel Guide – VirtualTourist
2473 real travel reviews, tips, and photos from real travelers and locals in Lebanon at VirtualTourist.