Capital: Tunis; GDP growth (annual %) 2016: 1.2%
Key Facts

Full name: Tunisian Republic
Population: 10.4 million (UN, 2010)
Area: 164,150 sq km (63,378 sq miles)
Major languages: Arabic (official); French
Major religion: Islam
Life expectancy: 73 years (men), 77 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 Tunisian dinar (TD) = 1,000 millimes
Main exports: Agricultural products, textiles, oil
GNI per capita: US $4,060 (World Bank, 2010)
Internet domain: .tn
International dialling code: +216

  • Africa's Relationship With China Is Ancient History


    In 2002 South Africa's Parliament unveiled a digital reproduction of a map - of China, the Middle East and Africa - that some speculated could be the initial map of the African continent. The Da Ming Hun Yi Tu - the Comprehensive Map of the Great Ming Empire - was drawn up around 1389 during the Ming Dynasty, according to historian Hyunhee Park.

  • Climate change laws around the world


    There has been a 20-fold increase in the number of global climate change laws since 1997, according to the most comprehensive database of relevant policy and legislation.

    The database, produced by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Sabin Center on Climate Change Law, includes more than 1,200 relevant policies across 164 countries, which account for 95% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Ali Bouazizi stands beside a stone monument to his cousin, Mohamed Bouazizi, in Sidi Bouzid


    Around noon on December 17, 2010, Ali Bouazizi's phone rang. It was his uncle Salah.

    "Grab your camera and come film," Salah told him. "Someone has set himself on fire in front of the provincial government building."

    At the time, Ali, presently 43, was active in the opposition against former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. "Through our newspaper and website, we seized each opportunity to expose the government," he told Al Jazeera in an interview five years next the uprising.

  • Tunisia: The Nobel Peace Prize for 2015


    The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015 is to be awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011. The Quartet was formed in the summer of 2013 at the same time as the democratization process was in danger of collapsing as a result of political assassinations and widespread social unrest.

  • Parliamentary and presidential elections are drawing to a close in Tunisia,


    Parliamentary and presidential elections are drawing to a close in Tunisia, marking significant democratic reforms. However while the country is changing politically, residues of the old authoritarian regime are still visible in the economy, stifling increase.

  • Tunisia: economic, political situation deteriorates


    Nearly three years next protests ousted President Ben Ali, the economic and political situation is looking increasingly gloomy

    In late 2010, a Tunisian market trader set himself on fire in turmoil against the country’s authoritarian regime, triggering a series of revolutions that toppled three north African governments and a wave of optimism about the region’s next. But nearly three years later, it is all too easy to spot signs of economic strife in the birthplace of the Arab Spring.

    While the revolution that ousted Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who had been in power for 23 years, paved the way for democratic elections won by the moderate Islamist Ennahda party, the conditions that fostered the mass turmoil movements are still very much present. 

  • Africa: Making Things Happen at the Bank - 'Not a Talk Shop' - Akin Adesina


    Dr. Akinwumi Adesina is focusing on five areas to achieve the African and world goals for a prosperous continent since becoming president of the African Development Bank - Africa's major public financial institution in September 2015. He was a keynote speaker at this month's Corporate Council on Africa's U.S.- Africa Business Summit in Washington D.C. and moderated a lively panel with five African government ministers. He as well received the Gene White Lifetime Succcess Award from the World Child Nutrition Foundation. This week, he was named the 2017 recipient of the World Food Prize, a prestigious honor that includes a $250,000 award. In an interview in Washington, DC, Adesina discussed the Development Bank's ambitious schedule and his vision for attracting the increase capital Africa needs. Posting questions for AllAfrica was Noluthando Crockett-Ntonga.

  • Florian Westphal is the chief of the German section of Doctors Without Borders


    The 28-country European Union has told member states that expressing regret over the new migrant tragedy was no substitute for action. Some 200 migrants were feared drowned at the same time as their vessel sank off the Libyan coast.

    One NGO helping to save shipwrecked migrants in the Mediterranean Sea is the medical charity Doctors Without Borders. DW has been talking to the chief of their German section, Florian Westphal.

  • Outlook for 2013-17


    The country (Tunisia) is located in Northern Africa and bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Algeria and Libya.
    The country has borders with Algeria for 965 km and Libya for 459 km.
    Then land in Tunisia is a lot of mountains in north, hot and dry central plain; semiarid south merges into the Sahara.
    Tunisian land covers an area of 163 610 km².The climate is temperate in north with mild and rainy winters and hot with dry summers with the desert in south.