|Area Total||163,610 sq km|
|Climate||temperate in north with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers; desert in south|
|Natural Resources||petroleum, phosphates, iron ore, lead, zinc, salt|
|Imports||Italy 15.8%, France 15.1%, China 9.2%, Germany 8.1%, Turkey 4.8%, Algeria 4.7%, Spain 4.5% (2017) – textiles, machinery and equipment, hydrocarbons, chemicals, foodstuffs|
|Exports||France 32.1%, Italy 17.3%, Germany 12.4% (2017) – clothing, semi-finished goods and textiles, agricultural products, mechanical goods, phosphates and chemicals, hydrocarbons, electrical equipment|
|Population||11,516,189 (July 2018 est.)|
|Ethnicity||Arab 98%, European 1%, Jewish and other 1%|
|Language||Arabic (official, one of the languages of commerce), French (commerce), Berber (Tamazight)|
News about Tunisia
- Artificial Intelligence start-up InstaDeep raises £74m for expansionby Simon Neville on January 25, 2022
The firm has already signed a partnership with Covid vaccine developer BioNTech to build an early-warning system for spotting new Covid variants.
- Black Medusa review – deadpan North African vengeance noirby Peter Bradshaw on January 25, 2022
This chilly Tunisian debut follows young a female killer who traps her victims by pretending to need a voice app to speakHere is a stylised and self-aware serial killer drama in black-and-white, broken down into nine “nights”. A young woman called Nada (Nour Hajri) picks up men in bars, playing on their protective gallantry or predatory instinct for […]
- Africa Cup of Nations: Five things we learned on Day 15by Paul Myers on January 24, 2022
Knockout stage football? A funny old game of up to 120 minutes and penalty shoot-outs? No. It's a battlefield and the Tunisians won. And they didn't even need to play their man Hannibal.
- Tunisia outwit Nigeria to set up last eight clash with Burkina Fasoby Paul Myers on January 23, 2022
Tunisia advanced to the last eight of the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday night following a tactically disciplined 1-0 victory over Nigeria.
- Nigeria boss Eguavoen urges players to be on alert against powerhouse Tunisiaby Paul Myers on January 23, 2022
Nigeria boss Augustine Eguavoen warned his squad to be on thei guard for an underestimated Tunisia side keen to make a statement during their last 16 clash at the Africa Cup of Nations.
- RFI reporter among those brutally attacked by police at Tunisian protestby Michael Fitzpatrick on January 17, 2022
RFI journalist Mathieu Galtier was among those attacked by uniformed police at a banned protest in the Tunisian capital on Friday. More than twenty non-governmental organisations have condemned the violence, describing the behaviour of the police as "barbaric repression".
- Equatorial Guinea end Algeria's 35-match winning streakby Paul Myers on January 16, 2022
Defending champions Algeria suffered a shock defeat to Equatorial Guinea on Sunday night to shatter their 35-match unbeaten streak and leave the defence of their Africa Cup of Nations trophy in jeopardy.
- Cameroonian senator abducted and murdered in English-speaking regionby Paul Myers on January 12, 2022
Action in Group F got underway in Limbé on Wednesday under the shadow of possible separatist violence after the body of the opposition senator Henry Kemende was found in the North West Region - one of the Anglophone provinces in Cameroon where conflict has raged between armed secessionists and government forces.
- Left-field refereeing mars end of Mali win over Tunisiaby Paul Myers on January 12, 2022
Mali edged past Tunisia 1-0 on Wednesday in Limbé after a tale of two penalties and a bizarre sequence of officiating at the end of the match.
- Day of contrasts as familiar names and newcomers meet in Cameroonby Paul Myers on January 12, 2022
The first round of games culminate on Wednesday night with the Group E clash in Douala between the 2015 champions Cote D'Ivoiore and Equatorial Guinea.
- Tui agrees settlement with Sousse terror attack survivors and victims’ familiesby Ben Quinn on January 6, 2022
Travel agent and lawyers for 80 people agree undisclosed amount after 2015 Tunisian beach attack that left 38 deadDozens of Britons who lost loved ones and survivors of a terror attack at a Tunisian resort have reached a settlement with the travel company Tui, after launching a multimillion pound compensation case.The settlement for an undisclosed amount […]
- UN-backed investigator into possible Yemen war crimes targeted by spywareby Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Washington on December 20, 2021
Exclusive: Analysis of Kamel Jendoubi’s mobile phone reveals he was targeted in August 2019The mobile phone of a UN-backed investigator who was examining possible war crimes in Yemen was targeted with spyware made by Israel’s NSO Group, a new forensic analysis of the device has revealed.Kamel Jendoubi, a Tunisian who served as the chairman of the now […]
- ‘Nothing will help’: Tunisians trapped in poverty lose hopeby Simon Speakman Cordall in Tunis on December 17, 2021
Eleven years after the start of the Arab spring, those trying to survive rising prices, unemployment and a pandemic feel little has changedFor a decade, Tunisia’s revolution has been remembered on 14 January, the day autocratic ruler Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia and the political elite declared the revolution complete.From today, by […]
- Concerns mount after Tunisia's leader suspends parliament until 2022by RFI on December 14, 2021
Opponents of Tunisian President Kais Saied on Tuesday slammed his decision to extend a months-long suspension of parliament, accusing him of dealing another blow to democratic process.
- Tunisia’s president calls constitutional referendum followed by elections in 2022by Reuters on December 14, 2021
Kais Saied, who is facing rising criticism after suspending parliament, says the public will be consulted ahead of the referendum set for 25 JulyThe Tunisian president, Kais Saied, has announced a constitutional referendum to be held next July, a year to the day after he seized broad powers in moves his opponents call a coup.Laying out the timeline for his […]
- Win for Tunisian town facing landfill crisis as government backs downby Simon Speakman Cordall in Tunis on December 8, 2021
After demonstrations see police use teargas and the death of one man, work begins to clear waste in Sfax after decision to move siteWork has begun to clear 30,000 tonnes of household rubbish from the streets of Tunisia’s “second city” of Sfax after the government backed down in a long-running dispute over a landfill site.Residents and activists in […]
- Tunisia: president appoints new government 11 weeks after power grabby Agence France-Presse in Tunis on October 11, 2021
Kais Saied will technically head administration after paring back powers of PM’s office Tunisia’s president, Kais Saied, has appointed a new government by decree, 11 weeks after firing the last one in a power grab, as the country faces acute economic and political crises.State television broadcast a swearing-in ceremony of the cabinet headed by Najla […]
- Najla Bouden: what next for Tunisia’s first female PM?by Lizzy Davies on October 6, 2021
Academic’s appointment marks historic moment for Arab world but comes amid political and economic crisis, with some fearing she will be Kais Saied’s pawn Sara Medini, political analyst at the Tunisian feminist organisation Aswat Nissa, was in a meeting at work last week when she happened to glance at a news alert on her phone. What she saw left her at […]
- Thousands rally in support of Tunisian president Kais Saiedby Reuters in Tunis on October 3, 2021
Supporters of Saied – who seized power in July – take to the streets in Tunis to back his promised reformsThousands of supporters of the Tunisian president, Kais Saied, have rallied in the capital to back his suspension of parliament and promises to change the political system, acts his critics call a coup.The demonstration in central Tunis was by far […]
- Macron in visa cuts row as Algeria summons French envoyby Angelique Chrisafis in Paris on September 30, 2021
President accused of chasing rightwing votes by making sudden, tough gestures on immigrationThe Algerian foreign ministry has summoned the French ambassador for talks in “formal protest” against France’s decision to sharply reduce the number of visas granted to Algerian nationals, as opposition parties in Paris accused Emmanuel Macron of using the row […]