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                                         by Graham Rhind



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Certain areas of Lebanon are still under the control of local militias.

For supplementary information, see links to post office home pages here External, to postal code pages here External and to other personal name and addressing issues pages here External.

Table of Contents

Lebanon - Country information


Local short name form

Official name



5 416 225 (2017 estimate) [1]



International telephone access code


ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code


Internet country code


GRC Country Code


Lebanon - Number format

   Note: This section last updated 14th March 2021

(where . indicates the decimal separator and , the thousands separator)


(where ٬ indicates the decimal separator and ٫ the thousands separator)

Lebanon - Date and time formats


   Note: This section last updated 8th May 2021

Lebanon - Languages


The national language is Standard Arabic External. About 93% of the population speak North Levantine Spoken Arabic External. There are also some 235 000 speakers of Armenian External.

Lebanon - Personal names and forms of address


Forms of address are often not used at all in Lebanon. Where they are, they are likely to be in French, Arabic or (less often) Turkish.

Women usually take their husband’s family name upon marriage.

   Tables of names can be acquired: given names External, surnames/family names External, family name prefixes External, forms of address External, job titles External

Lebanon - Company legal forms


   Note: This section last updated 22nd February 2014

Lebanese company types include:

   Commercial Representation 
   Holding Company 
   Insurance Company 
   Offshore Company 
   Real Estate Company 
   Representative Office    
   Société Anonyme Libanaise (SAL)Joint Stock Company 
   Société à Responsabilité Limitée (SARL) – Limited Liability Partnership Company 

Lebanon - Address formats


Addresses will be written in Arabic, French or English, and may contain street addresses or post office box numbers. The format is:

   Contact name
   {Other optional information such as company name}
   Building name/number[ ]Street name/number{[ ]Floor information}
   {Sector or municipality name[ ]}Caza name[ ]Postal code

For example:


   A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

Lebanon - Post office box


This is found written P.O. Box or Boîte Postale in transliterated addresses.

Lebanon - Postal codes


Lebanon began introducing postal codes in 2000, and the new system will be rolled out over the whole country in the next years. The new postal code contains four consecutive digits in rural areas (and for post offices and government offices) and eight digits in urban areas in the format:

   9999[ ]9999

The first four numbers indicate the “postal zone”, a sector within a town, or a village. The final four digits indicate the “postal code extension”, which pinpoint a single building within a postal zone. For areas with an eight-digit postal code, those odd-numbered codes indicate private residences, even-numbered codes indicate businesses. Large users (LVR’s - Large Volume Receivers) and post office boxes also have eight-digit postal codes.

   Metadata containing postal code formatting rules, exceptions and regular expressions can be acquired External

Lebanon - Postal code format graphic



Lebanon - Postal code format

Lebanon - Postal code specifics


Lebanon - Postal code regular expression

\A(\d{4,4}|\d{4,4}( )\d{4,4})\Z

Lebanon - Postal code level of coverage


Lebanon - Postal code map


Place names in Lebanon


   Note: This section last updated 3rd October 2015

Refer to Exonyms in Lebanon for full lists of place names in Lebanon in other languages.

   Alternate place name forms/postal code tables can be acquired at http://www.grcdi.nl/settlements.htm External
   Other language place name data can be acquired at http://www.grcdi.nl/otherlanguageplace.htm External

Lebanon - Administrative districts


Lebanon has 8 governorates External (muhafazat, singular - muhafazah). They are:

   Aakkâr External
   Al Biqa’ External
   Baalbek-Hermel External
   Bayrut External
   Liban-Nord External
   Liban-Sud External
   Mont-Liban External
   Nabatiyah External

Administrative districts graphic


Telephone numbers in Lebanon


   Note: This section last updated 22nd June 2015

Lebanese area codes have 1 or 2 digits when dialled from abroad. Full numbers have a length of 7 or 8 digits. Mobile numbers have the area codes 3, 70, 71, 761, 763, 764, 765, 766, 767, 768, 769, 788, 789, 791, 793 or 81.

   Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/telephone.htm External 


  1. ^ citypopulation.de/en/lebanon/admin/ External 20230115

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