Tunisia

tunisiaCapital City: Tunis
Population (Millions): 10

ECONOMIC OVERVIEW

GDP Per Capita: US$ 9500
GDP per Sector:
Agriculture – 10.6 %
Industry – 34.6 %
Services – 55%
Currency: Tunisian dinars (TND
Ex.Rates: 1.4367
Big Cities (>100,000): Tunis
Urban Population: 67
Languages: Arabic, French

Background:Tunisia is the northernmost country in Africa. It’s bordered by Algeria to the west, Libya to the south east, and the Mediterranean Sea to the north and east. Tunisia covers an area of more than 103,000 square miles, with an estimated population of more than 10.3 million. About 98 percent of Tunisians are Arabs or arabized Berbers. There is also a small community of Europeans, consisting mostly of French and Italians.

The Tunisian economy is a diverse one, with well established agricultural, mining, tourism and manufacturing sectors. The economy has opened up to foreign investment in recent times, a far cry from the government controlled economy of the 1980s.

In addition, progressive social policies have also helped raise the standard of living in the nation. Real growth, which averaged 5 perent for much of the 2000s, declined to 4.4 percent in 2008 and 0.7 percent in 2009 due to the global recession and slowing of import demand in Europe.