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Country name conventional long form: Tunisian Republic
conventional short form: Tunisia
local long form: Al Jumhuriyah at Tunisiyah
local short form: Tunis
Gevernment typerepublic
Capital name: Tunis
geographic coordinates: 36 48 N, 10 11 E
time difference: UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October
Flag descriptionred with a white disk in the center bearing a red crescent nearly encircling a red five-pointed star; the crescent and star are traditional symbols of Islam
CurrencyTunisian dinar (TND)
Internet country
Ports and terminalsBizerte, Gabes, La Goulette, Skhira
Agriculture productsolives, olive oil, grain, tomatoes, citrus fruit, sugar beets, dates, almonds; beef, dairy products
Industriespetroleum, mining (particularly phosphate and iron ore), tourism, textiles, footwear, agribusiness, beverages
LocationNorthern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Algeria and Libya
Coordinates34 00 N, 9 00 E
Area total: 163,610 sq km
land: 155,360 sq km
water: 8,250 sq km
Boundaries total: 1,424 km
border countries: Algeria 965 km, Libya 459 km
Coastline1,148 km
Climatetemperate in north with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers; desert in south
Terrainmountains in north; hot, dry central plain; semiarid south merges into the Sahara
Natural resourcespetroleum, phosphates, iron ore, lead, zinc, salt
Natural hazardsNA
Population10,175,014 (July 2006 est.)
Ethnic groupsArab 98%, European 1%, Jewish and other 1%
ReligionsMuslim 98%, Christian 1%, Jewish and other 1%
LanguagesArabic (official and one of the languages of commerce), French (commerce)

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