Quick Facts

  • Officially the Tunisian Republic
  • Independence: 1956 (from France)
  • Location: northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Algeria and Libya
  • Tunisian revolution: Dec. 2010
  • Capital: Tunis (pop. 1.993 million)
  • Divided into 24 governorates
  • Population: 11,037,225
  • Official language: Arabic
  • Major religion: Islam (Sunni)
  • Economy: based on agriculture, mining, manufacturing, petroleum products and tourism
  • Literacy rate: 81.8%
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • A unitary presidential republic
  • President Beji Caid Essebsi (since 2014)
  • Prime Minister Habib Essid (since 2015)

Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality rate: 62/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 22.35/1,000
  • Life expectancy: 75.89 years
  • Health expenditures: 7.1% GDP
  • Physicians density: 1.22/1,000
  • Hospital bed density: 2.1/1,000
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 0.04%
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

Images From the Field

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Area Agencies

Field Stories

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