Country Description

General information

Official name: Republic of Tunisia

Government: Republic

Area: 163,610 sq. km

Capital: Tunis

Official languages: Arabic

Other languages: Tamazight, French

Population: 10, 88 million (2013 est.)

Religions: Muslims (98%), Christians (1%), Jews and others (1%)

Political Data

Independence day: 20 May 1956 from France

Structure of Government:

Executive: The President of the Republic is directly elected by simple majority popular vote for a 5-year term. The Prime Minister is appointed by the President.  

Legislative: Unicameral Chamber of the Chamber's Deputies directly elected by simple majority popular vote.

Judicial: The Court of Cassation, the Higher Administrative Court and the Court of Auditors are the highest courts.

Foreign policy: Tunisia is a member of UN, AU, AMU, IMF, ILO, WTO, UNHCR, WHO, UNESCO, IOM

Economic Data

GDP: 46,9  USD billion

Main economic resources: Petroleum, mining (phosphate, iron), tourism, olive oil, cereals, tomatoes, etc

Major Trading Partners: France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Russia, USA, Turkey, China

Legal System

Legal system based on the French civil code.

Useful Links

National: Constitution and Tunisian Government portal.

Regional: Visit the website of AU , AMU, etc

International: United Nations Treaty Series Online collection

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