Basic Data


Area

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163,610 sq km

Population

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11,134,588 (July 2016 est.)  

Population Growth Rate

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0.86% (2016 est.)

Religion

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Sunni Islam (Over 99%)

Government System

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Republic With Elected Parliament

Languages

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Arabic, French, Some English

Weight & Measures

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Metric System

Capital and Principal Main Cities

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Tunis (Capital), Bizerte, Carthage, Kairwan, Sfax, and Sousse

Currency

:

Dinar (TD(m divided into 1000 Millimes

Climate

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Temperate in north with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers; desert in south

Working hours

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Private Sector & Banks: Monday-Friday
Public Sector: Monday-Saturday

Direct Dial Country Code

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(216), Tunis(1), Bizerte(2), Carthage(1) Kairwan(7), Sfax(4), and Sousse(3)

Holidays

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Tunisian independence day, March 20 - Martyr's day, April 9 -Labor day, May 1 - Republic day, July 25 - Women's day, August 13 - Anniversary of pres. Ben Ali's accession to power, November 7 , in addition to religious holidays

Principal Imports

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Textiles, machinery and equipment, hydrocarbons, chemicals, foodstuffs

Principal Exports

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Clothing, semi-finished goods and textiles, agricultural products, mechanical goods, phosphates and chemicals, hydrocarbons, electrical equipment

Time Differential

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GMT Time

Business Customs

Tunisia is an open society that prides itself in being a bridge between the European and Arab worlds. Although the official language is Arabic, French is widely spoken and serves as the common business language. Many Tunisians also speak German, Italian and English. The Tunisian government has begun to place a greater emphasis on teaching English-language skills in the public schools, and the use of English is becoming more widespread.

Travel Advisory and Visas

Arab business travelers should obtain a visa prior to travel. Residency and work permits are available from the ministry of interior and ministry of labor and social affairs, respectively. subjected to renewal every two years.