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Flag of Tunisia

Facts

  • Population » 11.5 million
  • Languages » Arabic (official), French
  • Religion » Islam
  • Life expectancy » 74 years (men), 78 years (women)
  • Currency » Tunisian Dinar (TND)

Geography

  • Area » 164,150 sq km (63,378 sq miles)
  • At the centre of North Africa, Tunisia is bordering the Mediterranean Sea to the north and Sahara Desert to the south. It shares land borders with Algeria and Libya.
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Economy

  • Tunisia is more prosperous than its neighbours. Agriculture employs a large part of the workforce and tourism is a key sector.

Tourism

  • Canadians do not require a visa to visit Tunisia for fewer than 90 days. (Canada)
  • In the capital, Tunis, the Bardo Museum has archaeological exhibits from Roman mosaics to Islamic art.
    • The city’s medina quarter encompasses the massive Al-Zaytuna Mosque and a thriving souk.
  • To the east, the site of ancient Carthage features the Antonine Baths and other ruins, plus artifacts at the Carthage National Museum.

Notes

  • Tunisia has banned plastic bags
  • Tunisia gained independence from France in 1956.

Safety and Security

  • There is a significant threat of terrorism in Tunisia. Some areas have a very high threat level.
  • Governments advise to exercise a high degree of caution in Tunisia due to the high threat of terrorist attack. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.
    • As of July 2019, the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:
      • the Chaambi Mountains National Park and the designated military operations zones of Mount Salloum, Mount Sammamma and Mount Mghila
      • the militarised zone south of the towns of El Borma and Dhehiba within 20km of the rest of the Libya border area north of Dhehiba
      • the town of Ben Guerdane and immediate surrounding area

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This page was last updated on 2021.03.20 by Robert Vinet