Lebanese Culture

Do's and Don'ts

Do’s
  • If it arises, offer sympathy to the situation in their home country as they naturally respond well to warmth.
  • Act politely and respectfully around a Lebanese person who is older than you.
  • If you can, be open with them about yourself and your life. The Lebanese appreciate when people are personal about themselves.
  • Expect a Lebanese person to act by their word. They usually speak very sincerely and openly.
  • If a favour is asked of you, agree to do it and try to follow through with it as much as you can; the Lebanese almost always agree to help each other. If you are unable to complete the favour, your Lebanese counterpart will still see your initial agreement as a testimony that you tried and understand that you do truly value their friendship.

Do not’s
  • Do not say anything that could be taken as insulting or derogatory. A good way to avoid this is to take an indirect approach towards corrective remarks, being sure to include praise of their good points to minimise tarnishing their honour.
  • Avoid being stringent about time and punctuality as they are more relaxed in those areas.
  • Avoid being reluctant to accept favours. It is best to graciously accept them and return the favour later.
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Lebanon
  • Population
    6,237,738
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    Arabic (official)
    French
    English
    Armenian
  • Religions
    Islam (54%)
    ~ Shia (27%)
    ~ Sunni (27%)
    Christianity (40.5%)
    Druze (5.6)
    Other (0.1%)
    [2012 est.]
  • Ethnicities
    Arab (95%)
    Armenian (4%)
    Other (1%)
  • Cultural Dimensions
    75
    40
    65
    50
    14
    25
  • Australians with Lebanese Ancestry
    230,869 [2016 census]
Lebanese in Australia
  • Population
    78,653
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Lebanon.
  • Average Age
    48
  • Gender
    Male (51.7%)
    Female (48.3%)
  • Religion
    Islam (43.9%)
    Catholic Christianity (36.6%)
    Eastern Orthodox Christianity (9.4%)
    Other (7.6%)
  • Ancestry
    Lebanese (82.5%)
    Arab (3.8%)
    Australian (2.4%)
    Other (7.5%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Arabic (89.3%)
    English (7.4%)
    Armenian (1.3%)
    Other (1.2%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 76.8% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (73.6%)
    Victoria (20.8%)
    South Australia (1.9%)
    Queensland (1.7%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (79.9%)
    2001-2006 (8.9%)
    2007-2011 (5.7%)
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