Lebanese Culture


  • A smile and handshake suffices as a greeting in Lebanon. Arabs may grasp the other person’s elbow or arm to demonstrate sincerity in the greeting.
  • It is common for close friends to kiss one another three times on alternating cheeks.
  • Muslim men or women may prefer not to make physical contact with members of the opposite gender. Therefore, when greeting someone displaying an Islamic dress code, it is best to greet him or her verbally and let them choose to extend their hand first.
  • The Lebanese appreciate questions about family and the exchange of jokes upon meeting someone for the first time.
  • You might receive an invitation to be someone’s guest during your first encounter with them. You may politely decline with an excuse, unless they strongly insist.
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  • 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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