There are two new provinces named Aakkâr and Baalbek-Hermel. FIPS 10-4 Change Notice 12, dated 2007-06-11, showed the new provinces. ISO followed suit on 2007-11-28 with ISO 3166-2 Newsletter Number I-9. The parliament approved their creation about 2003. They won't come into effect until parliament passes an implementation decree, which has not happened yet (as of 2009-02-24). As a result, most official sources, such as the Lebanese Central Administration for Statistics, don't list them. The American Embassy in Beirut (correcting an earlier message) reports, "the 2009[-06-07] parliamentary elections will assume there are 6 administrative districts, not 8."
Change Notice 7 to FIPS PUB 10-4 was dated 2002-01-10. It listed new codes resulting from the splitting of South Lebanon. (My information is that An Nabatiyah province split from South Lebanon in 1975.) It also listed the provinces of Lebanon by their French names.
Erratum: In the main table for Lebanon on pages 215-216, the population data are 1961 estimates.
|Language||Arabic (ar), French (fr)|
|Time zone||+2 ~|
In 1900, the present area of Lebanon was part of the Ottoman Empire. At the end of World War I, Britain and France partitioned the empire. Lebanon was created as a French mandate. Although it was referred to as the Republic of Lebanon, it was adminstratively subordinate to Syria. It became effectively independent from France on 1944-01-01.
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Lebanon is divided into eight muhafazat (sing. muhafazah: provinces).
|An Nabaţīyah||221,846||1,058||408||An Nabaţīyah at Tahtā||An Nabaţīyah|
|Mount Lebanon||1,501,570||1,950||753||B`abdā||Jabal Lubnān|
|North Lebanon||768,709||1,205||465||Ţarābulus (Tripoli)||Ash Shamāl|
|South Lebanon||401,197||943||364||Ṣaydā (Sidon)||Al Janūb|
See the Counties of Lebanon page.
The provinces are further subdivided into districts.
The UN LOCODE page for Lebanon lists locations in the country, some of them with their latitudes and longitudes, some with their ISO 3166-2 codes for their subdivisions. This information can be put together to approximate the territorial extent of subdivisions.
LE02, if FIPS followed its usual practice.
LB.AS, FIPS code
LE03); Baalbek-Hermel province split from Beqaa (
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