Lebanese Culture

Population Statistics

Lebanon

Population

5,469,612

[July 2020 est.]

Language

Arabic [official]

French

English

Armenian

Religion

Islam 61.1%
Sunni 30.6%
Shia 30.5%
– Alawites
– Ismailis
Christian 33.7%
Druze 5.2%
Others including Judaism, Baha'i, Buddhism and Hinduism >0.1%

[2018 est.]

Data represent the religious affiliation of the citizen population and excludes Lebanon's sizable Syrian and Palestinian refugee populations. There are 18 religious sects recognised in total.

Ethnicity

Arab 95%
Armenian 4%
Other 1%

Many Christian Lebanese do not identify themselves as Arab but rather as descendants of the ancient Canaanites and prefer to be called Phoenicians.

Cultural Dimensions

75

40

65

50

14

25

 

Australians with Lebanese Ancestry

230,869
[Census, 2016]

Lebanese in Australia

Population

78,653

[Census, 2016]

This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Lebanon.

Median Age

48 
[Census, 2016]

Gender

Male 51.8%
Female 48.2%

[Census, 2016]

Religion

Islam 43.5%
Catholic Christianity 34.2%
Eastern Orthodox Christianity 7.2%
Other Religion 7.3%
No Religion 3.5%
Not Stated 4.2%

[Census, 2016]

Ancestry

Lebanese 81.3%
Arab 4.5%
Australian 3.5%
English 2.3%
Other Ancestry 8.4%

[Census, 2016]

Language Spoken at Home

Arabic 87.6%
English 8.7%
Armenian 1.3%
Other Languages 1.5%

Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 77.8% speak English fluently.

[Census, 2016]

Diaspora

New South Wales 73.0%
Victoria 21.2%
South Australia 2.0%
Queensland 1.8%
Other 2.0%

[Census, 2016]

Arrival to Australia

Prior to 2007 83.4%
2007 - 2011 6.7%
2012 - 2016 5.6%

[Census, 2016]

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