Lebanon is in the Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Israel and Syria. The climate is mediterranean with mild to cool, wet winters and hot, dry summers. The Lebanon mountains experience heavy winter snows. The official language is Arabic. Arabic and French predominate in the east of the capital Beirut and the north of the country, while Arabic and English are the main languages in west Beirut and the south. Both English and French are also widely used. The main religions are Islam and Christianity. The economy of Lebanon is characterised by remittances from Lebanese abroad which account for one fifth of the country's economy. The thriving tourism and banking activities have made the services sector the most important part of the Lebanese economy employing nearly 65% of the workforce. Lebanese people are known for their hospitality. Expatriate business dress is usually formal, comprising suits (and ties, for men). The security risk for expatriates in Lebanon is low to medium. Risks include petty crime such as pickpocketing and bag-snatching, low levels of violent crime, cross-border shelling and incursions, protest action, and the threat of terrorism. The currency of Lebanon is the Lebanese Pound (LBP). ATMs are common, especially in the main tourist / expatriate areas. International hotels mostly accept payment by credit card. Medical facilities are good, however medical treatment in Lebanon can be expensive. Doctors are generally well qualified though nursing standards vary. The population of Lebanon is 6 Million (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 6.7% for Lebanon as at August 2018. Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Lebanon is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 20%.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Lebanon, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Lebanon as at 1 October 2018 is high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Low 2) Clothing: Very High 3) Communication: Very High 4) Education: High 5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High 6) Groceries: Average 7) Healthcare: Average 8) Household Accommodation: High 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: Average 11) Recreation & Culture: Average 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very High 13) Transport: Average Lebanon is for example -0.5% cheaper than USA for groceries, 9.5% more expensive for household costs than UK, and 99.1% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for Lebanon for an expat from Australia, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Lebanon) premium of 30% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. Lebanon is ranked as a high degree of hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Lebanon? Register subscribe to your home location and Lebanon and run your personalised reports.