Beirut Governorate (Arabic: محافظة بيروت, ) is a Lebanese governorate that consists of one district and one city, Beirut, which is also its capital, and the capital of Lebanon.
The area of this governorate is 19.8 km² (without suburbs); despite its small size, it is considered the most important region in Lebanon because of its economical, political, cultural, and social activity. The governor of Beirut is Greek Orthodox according to tradition, while the mayor is Sunni Muslim. Beirut is known to be the most religiously diverse city in the Middle East. There are about 2.5 million people in Beirut and its suburbs (Greater Beirut).
There are about 2.2 million people in Beirut and its suburbs (Greater Beirut). About 40% are Christian (North and East Beirut), 10% Shia (South Beirut), and 50% Sunni (Central and West Beirut). Despite these high percentages, for the first time in history, church and mosque attendance has declined by approximately 90% since the past few decades, especially among younger people from both religions (the majority of whom are politically and even religiously independent).