Mount Lebanon Governorate

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Mount Lebanon Governorate
محافظة جبل لبنان
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
Country Lebanon
Capital Baabda
 • Total 1,958 km2 (756 sq mi)
Population (2015)
 • Total 2,543,578
 • Density 1,300/km2 (3,400/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+3 (EEST)

Mount Lebanon Governorate (Arabic: محافظة جبل لبنان‎) is one of the eight governorates of Lebanon. Its capital is located in Baabda. An outright majority of the population (approx. 75%) is Christian (chiefly Maronite, Greek Orthodox, and Melkite), with minorities of Druze, Muslims of various sects.

This governorate is named after the mountainous region of Mount Lebanon and, except for Beirut which as a population of 330,000 spans the area along the Mediterranean coast between Lebanon's North Governorate and South Governorate.


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


Religion in the Mount Lebanon Governorate

  Christianity (55%)
  Druze (30%)
  Sunni Islam (10%)
  Shia Islam (5%)

The population in the north is overwhelmingly Christian; in the southern part of the governorate it is a mix of Christian, Druze and Sunni. As a whole the governorate, not including Beirut which is its own governorate, is 55% Christian, 30% Druze, 10% Sunni and 5% Shi'a. Overall, Lebanon's population of 5 million (not counting 2 million refugees) is 40% Christian, 50% Muslim and 10% Druze.

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