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map of Tunisia

Country name:

conventional long form: Tunisian Republic
conventional short form: Tunisia
local long form: Al Jumhuriyah at Tunisiyah
local short form: Tunis

 

Capital:

Tunis. Population: 2 million (2004 census).
 

 

Location:

Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Algeria and Libya

 

Area:

163,610 sq km (63,170 sq miles).
 

Description:
The Republic of Tunisia lies on the Mediterranean coast of Africa, 130km (80 miles) southwest of Sicily and 160km (100 miles) due south of Sardinia. It is bordered by Algeria to the west and Libya to the southeast. The landscape varies from the cliffs of the north coast to the woodlands of the interior, from deep valleys of rich arable land to desert, and from towering mountains to salt pans lower than sea level. South of Gafsa and Gab?�s is the Sahara desert. The 1,100km (700 miles) of coastline is dotted with small islands, notably Jerba in the south and Kerkennah in the east, and from the northwest to the southeast the coastline is backed successively by pine-clad hills, lush pasture, orchards, vineyards and olive groves.

 

Population:

10.4 million (official estimate 2008).
 

 

language:
The official language is Arabic. French is the second language, English, German and Italian are spoken mainly in tourist resorts.

Climate:
Tunisia has a typical Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters, when there is the most rainfall. Best periods are spring and autumn. Summer temperatures can be extremely high inland and in the south

Economy - overview:
Tunisia's economy is based around agriculture (main products are wheat, barley, olive oil, wine and fruit), mining (phosphates, iron, lead, aluminium fluoride and zinc), tourism, and manufacturing (chemicals, textiles, machinery, paper and wood). Annual GDP growth was 6.3% in 2007 - an increase on recent years due to developments in manufacturing, agriculture and the services sector.
The government exerts strong control over the economy, and policy during the last decade has followed the path of deregulation, including abolition of trade controls, privatisation and making the Tunisian Dinar fully convertible. Tunisia's most important trade links are with the EU whose members (principally France and Germany) account for three-quarters of all the country's trade.
Despite strong growth, Tunisia has a problem of unemployment (13.9% in 2007), especially among the young. Inflation was 2.9% in 2007.

Economy:
Tunisia's economy is based around agriculture (main products are wheat, barley, olive oil, wine and fruit), mining (phosphates, iron, lead, aluminium fluoride and zinc), tourism, and manufacturing (chemicals, textiles, machinery, paper and wood). Annual GDP growth was 6.3% in 2007 - an increase on recent years due to developments in manufacturing, agriculture and the services sector.
The government exerts strong control over the economy, and policy during the last decade has followed the path of deregulation, including abolition of trade controls, privatisation and making the Tunisian Dinar fully convertible. Tunisia's most important trade links are with the EU whose members (principally France and Germany) account for three-quarters of all the country's trade.
Despite strong growth, Tunisia has a problem of unemployment (13.9% in 2007), especially among the young. Inflation was 2.9% in 2007.
 

Industries:

petroleum, mining (particularly phosphate and iron ore), tourism, textiles, footwear, agribusiness, beverages

 

Exports:
Clothing, textiles, mechanical goods, chemicals, and agricultural products.

Imports:
Textiles, machinery, equipment, chemicals and food.
Main trade partners: France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Exchange rates:
Tunisian Dinar (TND) = 1,000 millimes. Notes are in denominations of TND30, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of TND5 and 1, and 500, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 millimes.
http://www.worldtravelguide.net/country/283/money/Africa/Tunisia.html

Daily Exchange Rate

GDP :
US$34.54 billion (2007).

 

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