Beirut Governorate (Arabic: محافظة بيروت‎, Muhāfazat Bayrūt) is a Lebanese governorate that consists of one district and one city, Beirut, which is also its capital, and the capital of Lebanon.

Beirut Governate

محافظة بيروت

Gouvernorat de Beyrouth
Map of Lebanon with Beirut Governorate highlighted
Map of Lebanon with Beirut Governorate highlighted
Coordinates: 33°53′N 35°30′E / 33.883°N 35.500°E / 33.883; 35.500Coordinates: 33°53′N 35°30′E / 33.883°N 35.500°E / 33.883; 35.500
CountryLebanon
Government
 • GovernorZiad Chebib
Area
 • Total19.8 km2 (7.6 sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

The area of this governorate is 19.8 km² (without suburbs); despite its small size, it is considered the most important region in Lebanon because of its economical, political, cultural, and social activity. The governor of Beirut is Greek Orthodox according to tradition, while the mayor is Sunni Muslim. Beirut is known to be the most religiously diverse city in the Middle East. There are about 2.5 million people in Beirut and its suburbs (Greater Beirut).

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Religion in the Beirut Governorate

  Sunni Islam (50%)
  Shia Islam (10%)
  Christianity (40%)

There are about 2.2 million people in Beirut and its suburbs (Greater Beirut). About 40% are Christian (North and East Beirut), 10% Shia (South Beirut), and 50% Sunni (Central and West Beirut).[citation needed]