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The Republic of Lebanon, or Lebanon (لبنان), is a small, largely mountainous country in the Middle East, located at the eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea. It is bordered by Syria to the north and east, and Israel to the south, with a narrow coastline along its western edge. The flag of Lebanon features the Lebanon Cedar in green against a white backdrop, with two quarter-height horizontal red stripes on the top and bottom. The name Lebanon (also "Loubnan" or "Lebnan") is derived from the Aramaic word laban, meaning "white", a reference to snow-capped Mount Lebanon. Motto: Transliteration: Koullouna Lil Watan, Lil Oula wal'Allam (Translation: "Us all! For our Nation, for our Emblem and Glory!") Anthem: Kulluna lil-watan lil 'ula lil-'alam Location of Lebanon Capital Beirut 33°54′ N 35°32′ E Largest city Beirut Official language(s) Arabic 1 Government President Prime Minister Republic Émile Lahoud Fouad Siniora Constitution Independence - Declared - Recognised Drawn on May 23, 1926 From Vichy France November 26, 1941 November 22, 1943 Area - Total - Water (%) 10,452 km² (161st) 4,034 mi² 1.6% Population - 2005 est. - 1932 census - Density 3,826,018 2 (123rd) 861,399 3 358/km² (16th) 948/mi² GDP (PPP) - Total - Per capita 2005 estimate $19.49 billion (116th) $5,100 (130th) HDI (2003) 0.759 (81st) – medium Currency Lebanese pound (LL) (LBP) Time zone - Summer (DST) UTC+2 (UTC) UTC+3 (UTC) Internet TLD .lb Calling code +961 1 Official documents are also often written in French. Spoken languages in Lebanon includes Arabic Lebanese dialect, French, English, Armenian. 2 The Lebanese diaspora represents 10 to 14 million Lebanese around the world. 3 The government has deliberately avoided conducting an update of the 1932 census fearing the change that might happen in the foundations of political representation.