Opinion: Beirut blast – Is Lebanon a failed state?

‘Countries aren’t supposed to be able to go bankrupt – Lebanon has.’ Following the devastating explosion in Beirut, the FT’s David Gardner examines Lebanon’s multiple crises

In This Story: Lebanon

Lebanon, officially known as the Lebanese Republic, is a country in the Levant region of Western Asia, and the transcontinental region of the Middle East.

The official language, Arabic, is the most common language spoken by the citizens of Lebanon. Its capital is Beirut.

Lebanon was a founding member of the United Nations in 1945 and is a member of the Arab League (1945), the Non-Aligned Movement (1961), Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (1969), and the Organisation internationale de la francophonie (1973).

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