23 Top Facts about Tunisia
Looking to impress your mates or win the local pub quiz? Brush up on your worldly knowledge, starting with these 23 interesting facts about Tunisia!
- Tunisia is a beautiful and culturally-rich country in North Africa.
- It is bordered by Libya to the southeast and Algeria to the west; it also has a coastline along the Mediterranean Sea to the north and east.
- If you have friends or family in this wonderful country, you can visit them by heading for the coordinates of 34.0000° N, 9.0000° E.
- The terrain here is a delightful mix of mountains in the north, plains in the centre and saharan desert in the south.
- The total land area of Tunisia is 63,170 square miles (163,610 square kilometres)…
- …that’s slightly larger than England…
- …and makes it the smallest country in North Africa!
- Tunisia’s population was 11,037,225 in 2015…
- …that’s around 1/5th of the population of England!
- Residents here are known as Tunisians.
- The capital is Tunis; it covers an area of 82 square miles (213 square kilometres) and had a population of 1,993,000 in 2015.
- Tunisians living in the north enjoy a temperate climate with hot, dry summers, followed by mild, rainy winters, whilst those in the south enjoy a desert climate.
- Many Hollywood films have been filmed in Tunisia, including every Star Wars film (except Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back)!
- Tunisia boasts a total of 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including a 6,000 year old amphitheatre!
- This amazing country is home to a wide range of wild animals, including cheetahs, panthers, lions, leopards, gazelles, mongooses, otters, hyaenas, wolves, deer and hartebeest.
- The official languages of Tunisia are Arabic and French.
- Tunisia gained independence from France in 1956.
- Tunisia’s national dish is couscous, which is often served with vegetables and meat or fish and a delicious sauce.
- Tunisian Dinar is the official currency here.
- The average Tunisian life span is 76 years.
- Tunisia grows olives, tomatoes, citrus fruits, sugar beet, dates, almonds and grains; they also rear cattle and produce dairy products.
- Its industry consists of petroleum, tourism, mining, textiles and footwear.
- The main exports include textiles, mechanical goods, phosphates, chemicals and agricultural products.