Lebanon is a small yet diverse country. It’s approximately 160km long and 56 km wide at its largest point, bordering Syria, Israel and the Mediterranean Sea. The predominant culture is fundamentally conservative and exhibits a great deal of respect for traditions, drawing on many Arab customs. Long-standing Islamic and Christian traditions remain deeply ingrained in socialand expectations. However, many practices and lifestyles also reflect European influences. This is partly due to its coastline’s proximity to Europe (as a key point of contact for trade between the East and West), as well as a period of French occupation in the 20th century. Ultimately, contemporary Lebanese society is highly diverse. It is common to see both traditional Lebanese attire and modern European fashions in city streets. As such, the Lebanese people are familiar with a plurality of lifestyles and are often capable of easily adapting to other societies.