North Governorate

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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
Country Lebanon
Capital Tripoli
 • Total 2,024.8 km2 (781.8 sq mi)
Population [1]
 • Total 807,204
 • Density 400/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

North Governorate (Arabic: الشمال‎‎, Aš Šamāl) is one of the governorates of Lebanon. Its capital is Tripoli.


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

A law was passed in 2003 to separate Akkar District from North Governorate and form a new governorate, Akkar Governorate.[2] Implementation of Akkar Governorate began in 2014 with the appointment of its first governor.[3]

Religion in North Governorate[edit]

The Sunni denomination makes up the majority of the population with 54.4%; Christians make the second largest group with 41.6%; and Alawites are the last with 3.7%.[citation needed]

Areas with large Muslim populations include Tripoli, Akkar, and the Miniyeh-Danniyeh districts. On the other hand, the Christian population is largely centered in the Batroun, Koura, Zgharta, and Bsharri districts.