Lebanon : economy statistics and industry reports

  • Updated on : 27 August 2012  Source : The World Factbook


$19.89 billion (2011 est.)
$17.72 billion (2010 est.)


$5.482 billion (2011 est.)
$5.467 billion (2010 est.)

Inflation rate (consumer prices)

5.1% (2011 est.)
4% (2010 est.)

Unemployment rate


GDP - per capita (PPP)

$15,700 (2011 est.)
$15,700 (2010 est.)
$14,900 (2009 est.)
note: data are in 2011 US dollars

National product real growth rate

7.2% (2010 est.)
6.9% (2009 est.)
9.3% (2008 est.)

Internet users

1 million (2009)

Telephones - mobile cellular

2.875 million (2009)

Population growth rate

-0.38% (2012 est.)


4,140,289 (July 2012 est.)

Historical background

Following World War I, France acquired a mandate over the northern portion of the former Ottoman Empire province of Syria.

The French separated out the region of Lebanon in 1920, and granted this area independence in 1943.

A lengthy civil war (1975-90) devastated the country, but Lebanon has since made progress toward rebuilding its political institutions.

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Economic overview

Lebanon has a free-market economy and a strong laissez-faire commercial tradition.

The government does not restrict foreign investment; however, the investment climate suffers from red tape, corruption, arbitrary licensing decisions, high taxes, tariffs, and fees, archaic legislation, and weak intellectual property rights.

The Lebanese economy is service-oriented; main growth sectors include banking and tourism.

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The Economist Intelligence Unit

Country Risk Service Lebanon September 2014 Updater

Country Risk Service Lebanon September 2014 Updater

  • $ 520
  • Country report
  • September 2014
  • by The Economist Intelligence Unit


  • Countries : Lebanon


Middle East and North Africa - ISA Risk Forecasts

Middle East and North Africa - ISA Risk Forecasts

  • $ 249
  • Country report
  • October 2014
  • by ISA

This report contains detailed risk forecasts for each country within the region. Risk assessments are made in a number of fields, including domestic and international political risk, domestic and international ...

  • Countries : Africa, Asia, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Mauritania, World, Yemen, Syrian Arab Republic, Qatar, Lebanon, Kuwait, Jordan, Israel, Bahrain, Tunisia, Sudan, Morocco, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Egypt, Algeria, Oman, Iraq

Dun and Bradstreet (Altares)

D&B Country Insight Report: Lebanon

D&B Country Insight Report: Lebanon

  • $ 650
  • Country report
  • April 2014
  • by Dun and Bradstreet (Altares)

Report Summary If you are involved in cross-border business, developing relationships or identifying opportunities overseas, you are exposed to the risk associated with a country's overall political, economic ...

  • Countries : Lebanon

Oxford Economics

Country Economic Forecasts > Lebanon

Country Economic Forecasts > Lebanon

  • $ 185
  • Country report
  • October 2013
  • by Oxford Economics

Latest data are consistent with our forecast of weak growth in 2013. The coincident indicator rose by less than 2% in the first seven months of the year, the value of cleared cheques in the first eight ...

  • Countries : Lebanon

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