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Population : 9,593,402
Literacy rate : 66.7%
Life expectancy at birth : male – 72.14 yrs, female – 75.36 yrs
Infant mortality rate : 30.09 deaths/1,000 live births
Population growth rate : 1.17%
GDP growth rate : 6%
GDP per capita : £3,700
Unemployment : 16.5%
Inflation : 2.7%
TI index: 5.2
Climate : temperate in north with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers; desert in south.
Time : GMT + 1.
Electricity : 220 volts AC, 50Hz. A 2-pin continental plug/adaptor is needed.

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Although originally a French colony with French as a second language after Arabic, English is rapidly becoming the language of business and commerce in Tunisia, particularly with its increased trade with the EU. That said, a working knowledge of at least French, if not Arabic would is a distinct advantage.

The north of Tunisia, with its Mediterranean coast, is a popular tourist destination. The south is nearly all desert, but with some cultivated oases. The middle of the country has some mountains from the Atlas range, but the south is real, proper desert. Tunisia has some of the largest natural gas reserves in Africa, it also has oil (mineral) and is the fourth largest world producer of olive oil. Agriculture employs some 50% of the population.

The Tunisian economy is coming along very nicely, and the country has entered into close trading with the EEC, the first Mediterranean country to do so. In general, Tunisia has resisted fundamentalist pressures and taken a moderate line in foreign policy. On the domestic front, Tunisian women have more rights than in any other Islamic country.

Entry requirements

It can take more than three months to arrange. Your employer should arrange a temporary work permit or letter of confirmation from your employer. Originals of your birth certificate and degree diploma will be needed.


Hepatitis A, Polio, Typhoid and Yellow Fever.

Tax and Insurance

Tax is around 20%. Get health insurance.

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