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1. Geography
2. Political situation
3. Economy
a. Figures
4. Health
5. Education
a. Universities
6. Media
7. Demographics
8. Religions
a. Freedom
9. Peoples
10. Languages
11. History
12. Cities and Towns

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Index / Religions / Freedom
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Religious freedom

Lebanon is the only Arab country without a state religion, yet the constituion is clear about religious adherence for key political figures: The president must be Maronite Christian; the prime minister Sunni Muslim; and the speaker of the National Assembly a Shi'i Muslim.
Lebanon operates with official recognition of religious communities, and there are 18 with such status in the country; 12 are Christian groups. Unregistered religious communities are still permitted to worship and gather freely.
In Lebanon, a Muslim cannot marry a non-Muslim, unless the non-Muslim converts.
Religious intolerance among people is a major problem in Lebanon, being a multi-religious country with tragic past of civil wars (Lebanese Civil War).

By Tore Kjeilen