officially the Lebanese Republic, is a sovereign state in Western Asia.
It is bordered by Syria to the north and east and Israel to the south,
whilst Cyprus is west across the Mediterranean Sea. Lebanon's location
at the crossroads of the Mediterranean Basin and the Arabian hinterland
facilitated its rich history and shaped a cultural identity of
religious and ethnic diversity. At just 10,452 km2, it is the smallest
recognized country on the entire Asian continent.
Following World War I, France acquired a mandate over the northern
portion of the former Ottoman Empire province of Syria. The French
demarcated the region of Lebanon in 1920 and granted this area
independence in 1943. Since independence the country has been marked by
periods of political turmoil interspersed with prosperity built on its
position as a regional center for finance and trade. The country's
1975-90 civil war that resulted in an estimated 120,000 fatalities, was
followed by years of social and political instability. Sectarianism is
a key element of Lebanese political life. Neighboring Syria has long
influenced Lebanon's foreign policy and internal policies, and its
military occupied Lebanon from 1976 until 2005. The Lebanon-based
Hizballah terroristic-militia and Israel continued attacks and
counterattacks against each other after Syria's withdrawal, and fought
a brief war in 2006. [R1]
The Lebanese Republic was
proclaimed on 23 May 1926. At first
stamps were overprinted Republique Libanaise. Later stamps were
prepared in the name of the new republic. and from the 1940s the word
Liban started to be used. Today all stamps of Lebanon are marked simply
Official stamps of
Lebanon related to Paleontology: fossil, prehistoric
fish, insect in amber
Between 11.10.2002 and 08.01.2003 post authority of Lebanon issued 10
definitive stamps shows various Sightseeings of the country. The first
8 stamps are issued on 11.11.2002 and 20.11.2002 are "traditional"
sightseeings stamps shows some famous buildings and landscapes.
last two stamps of the set are Fish fossil (Nematonotus longispinus),
issued on 22.11.2002 and Amber with insect (Libanobythus milk) inside,
issued on 08.01.2003, both are with very high face value.