North Governorate

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North Governorate
محافظة الشمال
Gouvernorat du Liban-Nord
Map of Lebanon with North Governorate highlighted
Map of Lebanon with North Governorate highlighted
Coordinates: 34°26′N 35°51′E / 34.433°N 35.850°E / 34.433; 35.850Coordinates: 34°26′N 35°51′E / 34.433°N 35.850°E / 34.433; 35.850
 • GovernorRamzi Nohra
 • Total1,236.8 km2 (477.5 sq mi)
 • Total807,204
 • Density650/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

North Governorate (Arabic: الشمال‎, Aš Šamāl) (Lebanese pr. eš šmél) (French: Gouvernorat du Liban-Nord) is one of the governorates of Lebanon. Its capital is Tripoli. Ramzi Nohra has been its governor since May 2, 2014.[2] The population of North Governorate is 731,251.[3]

Batroun port, North Governorate


North Governorate is divided into districts, or aqdya. The districts are listed below (capitals in parentheses):

A law was passed in 2003 by former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri to separate Akkar District from North Governorate and form a new governorate, Akkar Governorate.[4] Implementation of Akkar Governorate began in 2014 with the appointment of its first governor.[5]

Religion in North Governorate[edit]

Religion in the North Governorate (2018)

  Sunni (53%)
  Alawite (2.5%)
  Shia (0.8%)
  Christianity (43.3%)
  Druze (0.4%)

Sunnis make up the overwhelming majority in the city of Tripoli and the Minyeh and Danniyeh districts with some presence in Zgharta and the Koura districts, Alawites are present only in a small part in the city of Tripoli, while Christians make up the overwhelming majority in Zgharta, Batroun, Bsharri and Koura districts (91% based on registered voters). This is a pie chart according to the 2018 general elections electorates including 52.9% Sunni, 44% Christians mainly Maronites and Orthodox, and a very small percentage of Alawites and Shia Muslims. This however does not include the population under 18 years nor non-nationals (including both Syrians and Palestinians).

Electoral Constituencies and Confessional Distribution[edit]

The North governorate is divided into two separate electoral constituencies: North I (Tripoli-Minnieh-Danniyeh) and North II (Batroun-Zghorta-Koura-Bsharri).

North I's seats are distributed as follows:[6]

  • 8 Sunni Muslims (5 in Tripoli, 1 in Minnieh, 2 in Dennieh)
  • 1 Alawite Muslim (in Tripoli)
  • 1 Maronite Christian (in Tripoli)
  • 1 Orthodox Christian (in Tripoli)

North II's seats are distributed as follows:[7]

  • 7 Maronite (2 in Batroun, 2 in Bsharri, 3 in Zgharta)
  • 3 Orthodox (all in Koura district)


  1. ^ a b Lebanese Ministry of Environment: "Lebanon State of the Environment Report", Chapter 1, page 11, 2001. Archived 2009-03-25 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ News, Business. "Cabinet appoints five new governors".
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  4. ^ "Territorial administration of Lebanon". Localiban. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Cabinet Appoints 5 New Governors, Accepts Qaloush's Resignation". Naharnet. 2 May 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Elections 2018 - L'Orient-Le Jour". L'Orient-Le Jour.
  7. ^ "Elections 2018 - L'Orient-Le Jour". L'Orient-Le Jour.