Lebanese Culture

Other Considerations

  • Heated displays of emotions are common in Lebanese daily life. Tempers often flare up easily over small things such as traffic, yet such anger dissipates fairly quickly with both parties leaving the confrontation with no hard feelings.
  • Lebanese people who have been deeply offended may not show their anger clearly and may instead adopt a formal approach that is unlike them (short handshakes instead of hugs, less eye contact, etc.). If you think you may have offended a Lebanese person (or their honour), always make amends for your errors or it may jeopardise your relationship with them.
  • The Lebanese people generally do not have an anti-west sentiment, and Australia in particular has positive associations in Lebanon.
  • The politics of the Middle East is significantly impacting daily life in Lebanon. For the Lebanese, it is an obvious matter they’d rather not ignore, and therefore it is less of a taboo to mention politics in social discussion as it is in Australia. In addition, they are very open about their views and engage in political debates with their peers often. Domestic politics can be delicate territories to breach as there are many divisions within their society. Nevertheless, it can be enlightening to hear the Lebanese perspective on international politics. As long as you approach such conversations with sensitivity and maturity, you are likely to learn something and have a pleasant experience.
  • Population
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    Arabic (official)
  • 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
    Power Distance 75
    Individualism 40
    Masculinity 65
    Uncertainty Avoidance 50
    Long Term Orientation 14
    Indulgence 25
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  • Australians with Lebanese Ancestry
    230,869 [2016 census]
Lebanese in Australia
  • Population
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Lebanon.
  • Average Age
  • 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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