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Tunisia

Facts and stats about Tunisia

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Tunisia lies between the countries of Algeria and Libya on the southern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It is the smallest among North African states. In 2011, a revolution removed the despotic President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. This upheaval was followed by the first free elections in the country. Since then, Tunisia has been working hard to strengthen its young democracy.

Tunisia maintains a special relationship with France which happens to be its former colonial ruler. France is also the nation's most important trading partner. France and the United States supported the previous regime. However, the French Government refused to accommodate Ben Ali where he tried to seek political asylum. The ousted President fled to Saudi Arabia instead. Tunisia also tries to maintain closeness with its Arab neighbours. In fact, Tunisia hosted the Palestine Liberation Organisation from 1982 to 1993.

The political changeover of Tunisia gained new impetus this year because of the resolution of a political stalemate, adoption of a new constitution and appointment of a new government. A national dialogue was led by civil society groups and played a vital role in bringing together principal political parties. General elections have been scheduled towards the end of this year. The new government maintained that it has been working to restore peace and order. At the same time, it hopes to build a strong foundation for economic resurgence. Economic growth increased by 3.6 percent in 2012 but slowed down to 2.6 percent last year based on World Bank figures. Production in agriculture, oil and gas decreased significantly while manufacturing remained stagnant. Unemployment also decreased by roughly 15 percent but this is still above the 13 percent level of 13 percent.

10.84 million

Population. Ranked 79th in 2013.

$4,236.79

GDP per capita. Ranked 96th in 2012.

Borders

Algeria 965 km, Libya 459 km
Largest city Tunis - 887,800
Capital city Tunis - 887,800
Major language Arabic (official); French
Major religion Islam
Monetary unit Tunisian dinar
Alternative names Al Jumhuriyah at Tunisiyah, Tunis, Tunisian Republic, Tunisia
Groups Former French colonies, Middle Eastern and North Africa, Muslim countries, Religious countries, World

Tunisia Map

155,360 sq km

Sq. km. Ranked 89th in 2008.

Physical map of Tunisia. Tunisia physical map.
Tunisia, Situation 22 April 1943

Interesting observations about Tunisia

Tunisia ranked third for age structure > 65 years and over amongst Muslim countries in 2013.
Tunisia ranked first for sex ratio > at birth amongst Middle Eastern and North Africa in 2013.
Tunisia ranked first for median age > total amongst Former French colonies in 2013.
Tunisia ranked 7th last for population amongst Religious countries in 2013.

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Tunisia lies between the countries of Algeria and Libya on the southern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It is the smallest among North African states. In 2011, a revolution removed the despotic President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. This upheaval was followed by the first free elections in the country. Since then, Tunisia has been working hard to strengthen its young democracy.

Tunisia maintains a special relationship with France which happens to be its former colonial ruler. France is also the nation's most important trading partner. France and the United States supported the previous regime. However, the French Government refused to accommodate Ben Ali where he tried to seek political asylum. The ousted President fled to Saudi Arabia instead. Tunisia also tries to maintain closeness with its Arab neighbours. In fact, Tunisia hosted the Palestine Liberation Organisation from 1982 to 1993.

The political changeover of Tunisia gained new impetus this year because of the resolution of a political stalemate, adoption of a new constitution and appointment of a new government. A national dialogue was led by civil society groups and played a vital role in bringing together principal political parties. General elections have been scheduled towards the end of this year. The new government maintained that it has been working to restore peace and order. At the same time, it hopes to build a strong foundation for economic resurgence. Economic growth increased by 3.6 percent in 2012 but slowed down to 2.6 percent last year based on World Bank figures. Production in agriculture, oil and gas decreased significantly while manufacturing remained stagnant. Unemployment also decreased by roughly 15 percent but this is still above the 13 percent level of 13 percent.

Posted on 11 Apr 2014

jaacosta47

jaacosta47

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Tunisia is a country in North Africa. The main religion is Islam. The main languages are Arabic and Berber. The French protectorate of Tunisia became independent in 1956. The country is now a presidential republic where despite democratic structures there is no fair chance for the opposition.

Posted on 31 Dec 2004

Packard Bell

Packard Bell

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