The Country & People of Tunisia
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Tunisia, Fr. Tunisie, officially Republic of Tunisia, republic (1995 est. pop. 8,880,000), 63,378 sq mi (164,150 sq km), NW Africa, bordered by Algeria (W), the Mediterranean Sea (N and E), and Libya (SE). Tunis is the capital. The Atlas Mountains in the north form a dry plateau that merges with fertile plains near the coast; in the south, below the Chott Djerid and other salt lakes, stretches the Sahara desert. The irregular coastline has several fine harbors. Agriculture, mining, energy, tourism, and manufacturing are all important to the economy. Wheat, barley, grapes, olives, sugar beets, citrus fruits, and dates are the leading crops, and petroleum and phosphates are the principal minerals. Manufactured goods include textiles, steel, and processed food. The population is largely Berber and Arab, and Islam is the dominant religion. Arabic is the official language, although French is widely spoken.
Settled in the 12th cent. BC by Phoenicians, Tunisia became (6th cent. BC) the center of the powerful city-state of Carthage, which was destroyed by Rome in 146 BC Taken by the Vandals (5th cent. AD) and the Byzantines (6th cent.), the Arabs conquered Tunisia in the 7th cent., and the Berber population was converted to Islam. The area came under a succession of Muslim rulers, reaching its peak under the Berber Hafsid dynasty (1230–1574). In the late 16th cent. Tunisia was seized by the Ottoman Turks, and as one of the Barbary States it became a stronghold of pirates, on whom the treasury depended for several centuries. European intervention began in the 19th cent., and in 1881 Tunisia became a French protectorate. Nationalist agitation, which first surfaced in the 1920s, became intense after World War II, and independence was achieved in 1956.
In 1957 the country became a republic, with Habib Bourguiba as president.
Under Bourguiba, who was elected president-for-life in 1975, Tunisia was a moderate Arab state, following a generally pro-Western foreign policy; support for a negotiated settlement with Israel strained the country's relations with its Arab neighbors, however. Domestically, Bourguiba emphasized modernization and planned economic growth.
In 1981 he authorized the legal formation of opposition political parties, indicating a possible shift in the direction of liberal democracy.
In 1987 Bourguiba was deposed, on grounds of senility, by Gen. Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Ben Ali promised continued democratic reform, but he has ruled in an increasingly autocratic fashion and sought to crush Islamic-fundamentalist opposition. Under his regime the economy has seen significant growth as it has moved away from state control. In recent years relations with Libya have improved, and Tunisia joined with its North African neighbors in forming (1989) the Arab Maghreb Union.
Ben Ali was reelected unopposed in 1994 and against token opposition candidates in 1999.
A constitutional amendment, approved in 2002 in a referendum by a similar margin, permitted the president to run for more than two terms, and in 2004 Ben Ali was reelected with 95% of the vote; he again faced only token opposition. The landslide victories of Ben Ali and the government party have been marked by intimidation and credible accusations of vote-rigging.
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- Expedia Almanac, fast facts, communications, on business, health & safety, transportation, traveler's directory
- Focus OnLine Tunisia - From Carthage to modern Tunisia. General info, regions, tourism, cuisine, music, maps....
- Good Morning Tunisia
A specialized site in the centralization of the calls of public and private offers in Tunisia, as well as the new creations of appeared corporations in the JORT
- Info Please General info, map, geography, government, history, land & people....
- Nation By Nation Info, government, human rights, news, geography, history, people, links....
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- Tunisie Online.fr Photos, history, football....
- World66 General info, cities, history, people, economy, getting around, getting there, links....
Cities, Towns, Municipalities & Places
- Historic Tunisia Hammamet, Sousse, Monastir, Port El-Kantaoui, Djerba, Matmata, Chott El-Jarid....
- Ichkeul National Park A Natural World Heritage site
- Kerkennah + The Kerkennah Isles official web site....
- Ras Jebel + Photo gallery, history, music, news, sport
- World Heritage Cities +
Kairouan - A dense network of through and dead-end streets
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Medina of Sousse - Made up of tortuous streets and dead-ends
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Medina of Tunis - Made up of a non-rectilinear network of streets, vaulted passages, alleys and dead-end streets
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- Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Fact sheet (pdf) & travel information....
- Bilateral Relations with Japan Diplomatic, investment, economic cooperation, residents....
- Bourse de Tunis Access to accurate and up-to-date information
- Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tunis +
Organize business missions, supply of information or documentations....
- FinAccess Financial and stock exchanges information in Morocco and Tunisia
- International Labour Organization + Information and key figures
- Joint Tunisian-European Chambers of Commerce and Industry + Developping commercial exchanges and industrial investments
- Jurisite Tunisie Tunisian Legal Portal
- MBendi Business information, news, industries, events
- Muslim Trade Network Trade reference directory and guide....
- Ports Focus Ports, harbours, marinas....
- Tunisian American Chamber of Commerce + Access to accurate and up-to-date information
- Tunisia and the IMF Position in the fund, reports....
- US Department of State Country commercial guide 2001 (pdf)
- US Department of State Country reports on economic policy and trade practices - 1999
- US Department of Energy Analysis, information, oil, natural gas, coal, electricity....
- World Bank +
Overview, news & events, data & statistics, publications & reports, development topics, projects & programs, Public Information Center
- World Trade Organization - WTO
Provides trade statistics, goods schedules, services schedules and MFN exemptions, trade policy reviews, dispute cases, and notifications
- Banque de l'Habitat
- Central Bank of Tunisia + Economic and monetary information
Directories, Job Opportunities
- Career Tunis Online recruiters
Investment & Promotion....
- Export Promotion Center + Provides support and assistance to Tunisian exporters and to their foreign counterparts
- Industrial Land Agency (AFI) + Institution to boost industrial investment
- Invest in Tunisia + Investment opportunities, key figures, foreign investment....
- Association de la Foire Internationale de Sfax Organization of fairs and national and international specialized exhibitions
- StelFair + Business Gateway. The virtual fair for Tunisian products and services....
- Tunisian Industry Portal + Industry promotion agency
- World Summit on the Information Society + November 2005 - Bridging the digital divide
- Zarzis-Djerba Free Zone + Offers to investors a site equiped with all viabilities
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- Culture Tunis +
- Tunisian Association: Monuments and Sites + Preservation of the national cultural personality
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- Abd Hanafi + The artist, paintings, gallery, exhibitions....
- The Elevator + Theatre
- Familia + Theatre
- Ladybird Honeymoon + Marionnette theatre
- Bill Hocker Photographs Photo Album - Tunisia
- Photos from Tunisia + Photographs from tourists who want to place photographs of Tunisia in the Internet
- Arab Film Distribution - Tunisia Features a wide range of narrative films, documentaries, visual essays and ethnographic films
- Internet Movie Database Movie & TV reports
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- Memoire + Contemporary Dance
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- Cultural Heritage Management and Valorisation Project +
- Observatoire National de la Jeunesse
- Tunisian Community Center Portal hosted by the Association of Tunisian Americans. A virtual community center in form and function
- Animal Info Threatened species, environmental and social data
- AquaStat Information on quantity and quality of freshwater and its availability
- Coupedafrique + African Cup 2004....
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- Faculte de Management et de Commerce International Tunis
- TIME Universite
- Universite du 7 Novembre Carthage
- Universite Central
- Universite Internationale + Programs for both undergraduate and graduate students - Tunis
- Universite Libre de Tunis +
- Universite Tunis Carthage
- WorldWide Classroom University & adult education, K12 & teen....
Institutions & Organizations
- Bourguiba Institute of Modern Languages (IBLV) +
To teach modern languages and to conduct applied research in methodologies for teaching....
- Institut Central de Formation Un institut de formation professionnelle en informatique et bureautique. Tunis & Gafsa
- Institute of Development Finance of the Arab Maghreb + Specialized in the area of banking and insurance
- Institut Maghrebin des Sciences Economiques et de Technologie (IMSET)
- Superior Institute of Sport and Physical Education (ISSEP Sfax) +
To boost the training of the executives and the scientific research
Research, Resources & Projects
- Calculation El Khawarizmi Center for Computerization (CCK) +
Provide the necessary means to promote Scientific research
- Centre de Calcul El Khawarizmi + Le C.C.K , en tant que principal opérateur technologique pour l’enseignement supérieur et la recherche
- EduNet + Tunisian Educational Portal
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- Post-Cards Of Tunisia + Collection of post-cards from Tunisia between 1910 and 1930 under the French colonization
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- Amnesty International + News, reports, urgent action. Latest annual report....
- Human Rights in Tunisia + Promote human rights, be they political, civil, social, economic or cultural
- Human Rights Watch + Human rights developments & report
- US Department of State Country reports on human rights practices
- Rassemblement Constitutional Democartique Le Partie du Changement
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- Constitution Background, history & news
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- Al-Horria Daily newspaper
- Al-Sahafa Daily newspaper
- Al-Wahda Weekly newspaper
- Le Renouveau Quotidien Tunisien d'informations generales
- Tunisian Dailies La Presse Al-Sahafa . (pdf)
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- Akhbar Tunis News online
- AllAfrica.Com News plus, news wire....
- La Press Online news
- Washington Post News & references
- Yahoo full news coverage
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- Radio Tunis + Looking for the latest news from Tunisia, listen to Tunisia National Radio
- Tunisia TV Journal, events, documentaries, sport....
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- TunisieInfo Sources d'information, documents, quotidiens, magazines, radio & TV, bulletins....
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- Political Leaders Dates and figures of the leadership since 1943 (with pictures)
- Tunisian Government Official site
- Agence Nationale de Certification Electronique (ANCE)
- National Agency of Environment Protection +
- Nationales Archives of Tunisia +
A valuable source for scientific research and an integral part of the national heritage
- National Institute for Standarization and Industrial Property +
- National Statistics Council +
Statistical data concerning the economic, social, environmental and other fields
- Office des Tunisiens a l'Etranger (OTE)
- Office for Upgrading +
To inform the various partners on the upgrading process, regulations and procedures
- Topography and Cartography Office (TCO) + Real estate registration, allotment and other various activities
- Tunisian National Social Security Fund + Manages a number of social security schemes
Corporations, Organizations, Public Hospitals and Industrial Entities
- Agence Tunisienne d'Internet +
- Elgazala Pole + The Technological City of Communications
- Industries Chimiques du Fluor (ICF) + Producers of aluminium fluoride
- Packaging Technical Centre - PACKTEC +
A national central point for all economic operators concerned with packaging
- Poste Tunisienne
Centers, Institutions, Societies....
- Aouledouna + Association of Handicapped Children Parents
- Association Féminine Tunisie 21 +
- Basma + Association for the Promotion of Employment for the Disabled
- Institute for Health and Safety in the Workplace (ISST) + To promote occupational health and safety
- Institute for the Promotion of the Handicapped +
- National Pension and Social Benefit Fund Social Security in the public sector
- National Solidarity Fund To endow disadvantaged regions with basic infrastructure
- National Union of Tunisian Women +
Promoting women's interests in all areas of society, including business, culture and science
- Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas -RAC/SPA U.N. environment programme. Mediterranean action plan
- Tunis Center for Conciliation and Arbitration + Administer mediation, conciliation and arbitration procedures for the settlement of disputes
- Tunisia International Centre for Environmental Technologies + Protection and management of natural resources
- Tunisian Journalists Association + Report on press situation in Tunisia
- Tunisian Mothers Association +
Conducts operational researches and studies on mothers' conditions, children and the family
- Tunisian Society of Psychiatry + Preparing for the IXth Panarab Congress of psychiatry
- Tunisian Union of the Industry, Trade and Craft + Organize missions of partnership
- British Embassy Consular, commercial, news, visa....
- Delegation of the European Commission in Tunis
- South African Embassy + General, economic, travel, consular info
- US Embassy US mission, consular services, latest news, US policy, journals, articles....
- British Counsil Library and information services, events, news, conferences, learn English
- United Nations Le Programme des Nations Unies pour le developpement
- United Nations Information Center Tunis
- World Health Organization Tobacco & health, socio-economic situation
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Travel & Tourism
Airlines, Air, Sea & Coach Charters Services
- Nouvel Air Tunisie Une compagnie a vocation exclusivement charter
- Tunis Air +
- Tunisian Civil Aviation and Airports Authority (OACA) + Administration, flight schedules, airports....
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- Choose Tunisia Hotels, flights, tours, car hire, property , business, resturants, events, history, About Tunisia
- Carthage Tours + Regular Tour Carthage, archaeological Tour, berber Tracks....
- Hedfi Travel Tunisia Vacation packages, travel Tunisia with nomads, acyivities....
- Ifriqiya Travel + Tunisia with passion.... Discover Tunisia, stays, tours, water therapy....
- Tunisia.Com A comprehensive guide: Tunisian business, culture, travel, tours and shopping
- Tunisian Travel Service Tourisme local, excursions, sejours hôtels....
- Tourism Tunisia Travel & tourism guide from the Tunisian National Tourism Office
- Visit Tunisia A certain concept of hospitality establishing a customised and detailed tourism
- Adventures of Tunisia Getting there & costs, safety & health, visa, climate, cities, holidays....
- Africa Guide Introduction, visitor info, accommodation, tours....
- Lonely Planet Travel information, maps, photos, background historical and cultural information
- Middle East Travel Accommodation, history, after hours, travel info, addresses, cities & sights, business....
- Travel Guide General & travel info, money, duty free, health, accommodation, visas....
- Travel Puppy Tunisia travel information & guide
- World Travel Guide Travel information, regions & places....
Hotels, Resorts, Inns, Hostels....
- Abou Nawas Hotels + Tunis, Tabarka, Gammarth, Hammamet, Sousse
- Abou Nawas Hotel + Tunis - On the edge of the business and banking district
- Le Palace + Carthage - Conceived in the biggest tradition of luxury and elegance
- Marhaba Hotels +
Situated between Sousse and Port El-Kantaoui....
- Pansea Ksar Ghilane A shimmering mirage awaits you in the Tunisian Sahara
- Renaissance Tunis Offering proximity to the antique sites of Carthage
- Thalassa Palace Nahrawess + Hotel and holiday resort
- Ulysse Palace & Thalasso Djerba
- Yadis Hotels +
Tunis, Hammamet, Djerba....
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- Hotels Travel Hotels directory & tourist information
- Midoun Hotels Presents the best hotels, beach resorts, ski resorts, and spa resorts
- Sousse Hotels + Listinfg of hotels, night clubs, resturants....
- Travel to Tunisia Hotel, weather, map....
- Tunisia Hotels Travel Guide Offers hotels and resorts online reservations
Health & Travel Tips
- Foreign & Commonwealth Office Travel information, country advise, latest travel updates....
- Travel Document Systems Passports, visas, travel documents
- US Consular Information Warning, visa, security, health, crime/drug penalties....
- National Institute of Meteorology + Weather forecasting, cClimatology, geophysics and astronomy....
- Tide Calendar Tide times, sunset, sunrise and global position
- Weather Underground Temperature, humidity, pressure and conditions by city
- Yahoo Weather By city. Forcast, sunrise, sunset, humidity, wind, dewpoint....
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Gateways to Tunisia
- Carthagus Gateway, search engine....
- Nadhour Tunisie Gateway, horoscopes, gastronomy....
- Winoo Gateway, search engine, directory....
- Ya Tunis Gateway, search engine, directory....
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