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Country (long form) Republic of Tunisia
Capital Tunis
Total Area 63,170.17 sq mi
163,610.00 sq km
(slightly larger than Georgia)
Population 9,705,102 (July 2001 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050 12,612,588
Languages Arabic (official and one of the languages of commerce), French (commerce)
Literacy 66.7% total, 78.6% male, 54.6% female (1995 est.)
Religions Muslim 98%, Christian 1%, Jewish and other 1%
Life Expectancy 72.35 male, 75.62 female (2001 est.)
Government Type republic
Currency 1 Tunisian dinar (TD) = 1,000 millimes
GDP (per capita) $6,500 (2000 est.)
Industry petroleum, mining (particularly phosphate and iron ore), tourism, textiles, footwear, food, beverages
Agriculture olives, olive oil, grain, dairy products, tomatoes, citrus fruit, beef, sugar beets, dates, almonds
Arable Land 19%
Natural Resources petroleum, phosphates, iron ore, lead, zinc, salt
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Tunisia, or Republic of Tunisia, a country in North Africa. It is part of the Maghrib, a historic region that also includes portions of Morocco, Algeria, and Libya.

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History of Tunisia

The ancient Phoenicians, seafarers who usually put ashore each night, established stopover points along the Tunisian coast perhaps as early as 1200 B.C.