Tunisia

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Facts & figures

  • Full name: Tunisian Republic
  • Population: 7 million (UN, 2012)
  • Capital: Tunis
  • 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 $4,020 (World Bank, 2011)
  • Internet domain: .tn
  • International dialling code: +216

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Veteran dissident Moncef Marzouki was  

installed as president in December 2011, a few months after the popular protests which forced autocratic leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali from power and which inspired the Arab Spring uprisings  across the region.


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Visa& travel advice

About Us We are here to provide general information about the Tunisian embassy in the United Kingdom and has no affiliation with the Tunisian embassy or the Tunisian visa section in London. To find out more click on About Us or Disclaimer Statement

Consular Assistance - The Tunisian consulate can offer consular services to Tunisian citizens. This service encompasses, provide assistance in the case of an accident, serious illness of death, and arrange for next of kin to be informed, help during emergencies such as civil disturbances and natural disasters as well as witness and certify signatures and provide certain other notarial and legal services, for which fees are payable. 


Tunisian Passport - Tunisian citizens can also obtain the Tunisian passport application form and procedures to apply for Tunisian passport or travel documents by contacting the Tunisian Embassy in London. 

Tunisian Visa - The Tunisian Embassies and Consular Offices are the only Competent Tunisian Government Agencies, who are authorised to issue Tunisian visas abroad. In order to avoid any risks that may arise when boarding flights or at Tunisian ports of entry due to possible miscommunication, travellers are strongly recommended to apply with the Tunisian Embassy and Consular Offices in United Kingdom to get Tunisian visas before travelling. 

Economical Affairs - The embassy in London deals with the full range of bilateral and multilateral economic issues as well as environmental, science and technology matters.

  • Best period

While the summer is an ideal time to visit Tunisia, considering the weather, expect to be surrounded by tourists. We recommend visiting the country in the spring (March to May), when the weather is still pleasant and there are fewer tourists. Also, if you are hoping to see the Sahara, the spring is a good time to go, as it’s not too hot (for a desert).

  • Safety

The U.S. Department of State’s consular
website has a great deal of information
about safety and security in Tunisia.

It can’t be repeated often enough: be sensible when you travel. Be alert and aware about your surroundings. Always keep important items like passports or excess cash in a safe place.

 



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Tunisia, al-Jumhuriyyah at-Tunisiyyah, is a sovereign republic. Yet the country's proper name has changed radically more than once over the course of millennia. Hence, such a term as "ancient Tunisia" is frankly anachronistic. Nonetheless, "Tunisia" is used throughout this history for continuity. Undoubtedly, the most ancient Berbers had various names for their land and settlements here, one early Punic-era Berber name being Massyli. After the Phoenicians arrived, their city of Carthage evolved to assume a dominant position over much of the western Mediterranean; this city-state gave its name to the region.

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  • Music:

Tunisia is a North African country with a predominantly Arabic-speaking population. The country is best known for malouf, a kind of music imported from Andalusia after the Spanish conquest in the 15th century.

  • Literature:

Tunisian literature exists in two forms: in French and in Arabic. Arabic literature in Tunisia dates to the 7th century, with the arrival of Arab civilization in the region. Arabic literature is more important than French-language literature-which followed the introduction of the French protectorate in 1881-both in volume and value. 

  • Film industry:

Tunisia has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film on an irregular basis since 1995. The award is handed out annually by the United States Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to afeature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue.

  • Famous monuments (more or less 3)

The city of Carthage dates back to 814 BC when a   number of Phoenicians settled there from the city of  Tyre in Lebanon.

 

 

The city of El Djem (also spelt El Jem) is situated
inland from the east coast of Tunisia 60 km south
of Sousse.

 

The ruins of Thurburbo Maius are located in northern Tunisia near the city of El Fah about 50 km southwest of Tunis and 60 km from Tunisia’s most famous archaeological site of Carthage.

 

 

  • Architecture (3)

Tunisian architecture includes a variety ofinfluences.The earliest of these can be seen

in the Roman and Punic remains that are scattered throughout the northern regions and along the coast. Much later, the colonialera brought with it new civic styles including the French Ville Nouvelle with wide streets, public parks and houses with elaborate stree facing facades. Ancient Berber architecture is most common in the south of the country where the troglodyte pit houses and ksour (fortified granaries) reveal a way of life  that has changed little over the centuries.

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