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National name: Al-Jumhuriyah at-Tunisiyah


Capital: Tunis
Major Towns: Tunis, Nabeul, Kasserine, Sfax, Zarzis
Location (geographical coordinates/latitude and longitude): Tunis: 36°50'N, 10°9'E
Time Zone: CET
Size (Land and Sea): 163,610 km², Water: 5%
Borders with Algeria, Libya, Mediterranean Sea
Elevation extremes: Lowest point : Shatt al Gharsah -17 m, highest point: Jabal ash Shanabi 1,544 m 

Head of State: President: Zine El Abidine Ben Ali; Prime Minister: Mohamed Ghannouchi
Form of Government: Republic
Independancy (from France): March 20, 1956
Currency: Tunisian Dinar

Main Industries: petroleum, mining (particularly phosphate and iron ore), tourism, textiles, footwear, agribusiness, beverages.
Natural resources: petroleum, phosphates, iron ore, lead, zinc, salt
Agriculture: olives, olive oil, grain, tomatoes, citrus fruit, sugar beets, dates, almonds; beef, dairy products
Population and People  

Population:  10,276,158 (2007 est.); 10,102,000 (2005); 8,785,711 (1994)
Population density per sq mi: 171
Growth rate: 1.0% (2007 est.)
Birth rate: 15.5 births/1,000 population (2007 est.)
Total fertility rate: 1.73 children born/woman (2007 est.)
Infant mortality rate: 22.9/1000
Religion: 98% Muslims; others mainly Christians and Jews
Languages: Arabic; Berber languages, French, Italian , and English
Ethnic groups / Tribes: Arab and Arabized Berbers (98%); Jewish
Age structure: 0-14 years: 24% (male 1,270,208/female 1,191,619); 15-64 years: 69.2% (male 3,571,228/female 3,538,458); 65 years and over: 6.9% (male 333,801/female 370,844) (2007 est.)
Life expectancy: 75.3
Literacy: Total population: 66.7%, male: 78.6%, female: 54.6% (1995 est.)