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
 • GovernorRamzi Nohra
 • Total2,024.8 km2 (781.8 sq mi)
 • Total807,204
 • Density400/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

North Governorate (Arabic: الشمال‎, Aš Šamāl) (Lebanese pr. eš šmél) (French: Liban-Nord) is one of the governorates of Lebanon. Its capital is Tripoli.

The Governor is Ramzi Nohra since May 2, 2014.[2] The population of North Governorate is 731,251.[3]


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.[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

  Islam (56.1%)
  Christianity (43.8%)
  Other religions (0.1%)

According to voter registration data, Muslims make up the majority of the population with 56.1%; Christians make the second largest group with 43.8%. The predominant Muslim sect is the Sunnis, while the predominant Christian sects are Maronites and Orthodox Christians.[6]

The Muslim population is almost exclusively centered in Tripoli and the Miniyeh-Danniyeh districts. On the other hand, the Christian population is largely centered in the Batroun, Koura, Zgharta, and Bsharri districts.

In the Batroun, Zgharta, and Bsharri districts, the Maronite sect is predominant, while the Orthodox sect forms a majority in Koura.

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:[7]

  • 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:[8]

  • 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. ^ "الدوائر الانتخابية – الإنتخابات".
  7. ^ "Elections 2018 - L'Orient-Le Jour". L'Orient-Le Jour.
  8. ^ "Elections 2018 - L'Orient-Le Jour". L'Orient-Le Jour.