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Tunisia

Background

Tunisia

Rivalry between French and Italian interests in Tunisia culminated in a French invasion in 1881 and the creation of a protectorate. Agitation for independence in the decades following World War I was finally successful in getting the French to recognize Tunisia as an independent state in 1956. The country's first president, Habib BOURGUIBA, established a strict one-party state. He dominated the country for 31 years, repressing Islamic fundamentalism and establishing rights for women unmatched by any other Arab nation. In November 1987, BOURGUIBA was removed from office and replaced by Zine el Abidine BEN ALI in a bloodless coup. BEN ALI is currently serving his fifth consecutive five-year term as president. Tunisia has long taken a moderate, non-aligned stance in its foreign relations. Domestically, it has sought to defuse rising pressure for a more open political society.

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WARNING: During January 2011, riots turned into a political crisis. Several people are reported to be killed and armed forces/police try to restore public order. Stay away from any gatherings and try to gain independent information if you are already in Tunisia. Some countries issued travel warnings, so consult your foreign office before you travel to Tunisia.

Tunisia is a country in Northern Africa that has a Mediterranean Sea coastline in the very centre of Mediterranean Africa. Tunisia lies immediately to the south of Italy and Malta. Libya borders Tunisia to the south-east, whilst Algeria lies to the west.

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TunisiaPalm Beach Palace Tozeur 

Zone Touristique 2200 Tozeur
Tozeur 2200
Tunisia

Price (US$): $79 - $146 / night

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Location. Palm Beach Palace Tozeur is located in Tozeur, close to Dar Chrait Museum. Regional points of interest also include Chott el Jerid. Hotel Features. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, an indoor pool, a sauna, a fitness facility, and a steam room. Spa amenities include spa services and a hair salon. This Tozeur property has event space consisting of banquet facilities, conference/meeting rooms, and small meeting rooms. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is… more »

TunisiaMoevenpick Hotel Gammarth Tunis 

Avenue Taieb Mhiri B P 36
La Marsa 2078
Tunisia

Price (US$): $240 - $414 / night

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Location. Moevenpick Hotel Gammarth Tunis is located on the beach in La Marsa's La Marsa Beach neighborhood, close to North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, St. Louis Cathedral, and Carthage Acropolium. Other points of interest near this luxury hotel include Carthage Museum and Antonin Baths. Hotel Features. Dining options at Moevenpick Hotel Gammarth Tunis include 3 restaurants. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel… more »

TunisiaConcorde Les Berges du Lac 

Rue du Lac de Turkana
Tunis 1053
Tunisia

Price (US$): $145 - $315 / night

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Location. Located in Tunis, Concorde Les Berges du Lac is near the airport and close to El Menzah Stadium and El Menzah Dome. Other area points of interest include Carrefour Market and Place 7 de Novembre. Hotel Features. Concorde Les Berges du Lac's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a health club, and a sauna. The property's full service health spa has body… more »

TunisiaSheraton Tunis Hotel & Towers 

Avenue de La Ligue Arabe
Cedex Box 345
Tunis 1080
Tunisia

Price (US$): $175 - $219 / night

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Location. Located in Tunis, Sheraton Tunis Hotel & Towers is near the airport and close to Chedli Zouiten Stadium, University of Tunis, and Tunis Zoo. Additional points of interest include El Menzah Dome and El Menzah Stadium. Hotel Features. In addition to 3 restaurants, Sheraton Tunis Hotel & Towers offers a snack bar/deli and a coffee shop/café. A poolside bar is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning in the coffee shop… more »

TunisiaRadisson Blu Resort & Thalasso, Djerba 

Zone Touristique
P.O. Box 712
Midoun 4128
Tunisia

Price (US$): $129 - $437 / night

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Location. Radisson Blu Resort & Thalasso, Djerba is located on the beach in Midoun and local attractions include Borj El K'bir Fort and Houmt Souq Harbour. Other regional attractions include El Ghriba Synagogue and Guellala Museum. Hotel Features. Radisson Blu Resort & Thalasso, Djerba features a coffee shop/café, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, an indoor pool, a children's pool, a spa tub, and a… more »

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Tunisia

Full name
Tunisian Republic
Capital
Tunis
Location

Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Algeria and Libya

Geographic coordinates

34 00 N, 9 00 E

Area comparative

slightly larger than Georgia

Border countries

Algeria 965 km, Libya 459 km

Coastline

1,148 km

Climate

temperate in north with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers; desert in south

Terrain

mountains in north; hot, dry central plain; semiarid south merges into the Sahara

Lowest point

Shatt al Gharsah -17 m

Highest point

Jebel ech Chambi 1,544 m

Natural resources

petroleum, phosphates, iron ore, lead, zinc, salt

Population

10,589,025 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Arab 98%, European 1%, Jewish and other 1%

Religions

Muslim 98%, Christian 1%, Jewish and other 1%

Languages

Arabic (official and one of the languages of commerce), French (commerce)

Government type

republic

Independence

20 March 1956 (from France)

National holiday

Independence Day, 20 March (1956); also the anniversary of BEN ALI's assumption of the presidency, 7 November (1987)

Chief of state

President Zine el Abidine BEN ALI (since 7 November 1987)

Head of government

Prime Minister Mohamed GHANNOUCHI (since 17 November 1999)

Internet country code

.tn

Internet users

3.5 million (2009)

Airports

32 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Bizerte, Gabes, Rades, Sfax, Skhira

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