Lebanese Culture

Greetings

  • A smile and handshake is generally an appropriate as a greeting in Lebanon. Some men 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.
  • Lebanese people often address one another as 'habibi', meaning “my love” in Arabic. This is an affectionate way to address friends and family and is used very often and casually.
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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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