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Full country name: Tunisian Republic
Area: 163,610 sq km
Population: 10,432,500
Capital City: Tunis
Language: Arabic
Religion: 98% Islam, 1% Christianity, 1% Judaism and other
Government: Presidential Republic
Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)
Dialing Code: 216
Electricity: 230V, 50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric
Currency: Tunisian Dinar (TND)

Money & Costs:
Average yearly salary: USD 8,200

Meals:
Budget: 5 TND
Mid-range: 10 TND
High: 20 TND
Accommodation:
Budget: $10-20
Mid-range: $25-35
High: $40-65

Geography:Tunisia is located in North Africa, by the Mediterranean coast, and shares its borders with Algeria and Libya. The country has a long coastline (1,148 kilometers) for those willing to laze about in the beach. Despite its relatively small size, Tunisia has a great geographical diversity, with Atlas Mountains in the north, the Sahara desert in the south and the coastal plains in the east.

Climate: Tunisia has a Mediterranean climate, which guarantees warm waters, constant sunshine and gentle sea breezes. Summers in Tunisia are warm and dry, whereas winters are cool and wet. July and August are the hottest months, with temperatures ranging from 21 C to 33 C (70 F 91 F). The coldest season is from October to May, since the average temperature ranges from 6 C to 14 C (43 F 57 F). The best time for traveling to Tunisia is in spring or autumn seasons.

Food: Tunisian cuisine is influenced by Arabic, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and French cooking. There are various breads and pastries that you will love, for example, light-as-air baguettes, melt-in-the-mouth croissants or pains au chocolate. Fresh fish, seafood, roast chicken, baked lamb dishes all of these dishes are splendid and plentiful. Main dishes are usually cooked with olive oil, spiced with aniseed, cumin, coriander, caraway, cinnamon or saffron and flavored with mint, orange blossom or rose water. Harissa, a chili and garlic condiment is very popular as well.

Drink: Although Tunisia is an Islamic country, alcohol is not prohibited, and Tunisia produces a range of alcoholic drinks, from palatable table wines, sparkling wines and beers to aperitifs and local liqueurs. Tap water is safe to drink in major towns, however, it is advisable to buy bottled water to be 100% safe.

Health: Be careful with what you drink and eat in order to avoid stomach upsets. Buying food from street vendors is always risky, especially salads and other uncooked food. Tunisia is a malaria-free country, therefore no special vaccinations or immunizations are required.

Recommended clothing: Lightweight summer clothes are advisable throughout the year, with warmer clothes only needed for winter season. Since Tunisia is an Islamic country, women may think that they have to follow the Islamic dress rules, however, the Tunisian women do not follow those rules themselves. They usually wear shoulder-free t-shirts, short skirts, jewelry and make-up, especially those who are financially better off and live in large cities. In rural areas, though, the traditional and Islamic dress codes are predominant.

Money: Since, Tunisian Dinar is not available outside the country, you should try to spend it before leaving the country. US Dollars, British Pounds and Euros are quite easily exchangeable.

Public Holidays:
1 Jan New Year's Day
26 Feb Mouled (Prophet's Anniversary)
20 Mar Independence Day
21 Mar Youth Day
9 Apr Martyrs' Day
1 May Labour Day
25 Jul Republic Day
13 Aug Women's Day
11 Sep Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
7 Nov New Era Day
16 Nov Eid al-Idha (Feast of the Sacrifice)
7 Dec Hegire (Islamic New Year)

Note: Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given above are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Many restaurants are closed during the day and there may be restrictions on smoking and drinking. Some disruption may continue into Eid al-Fitr itself. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Idha may last for two days.

Disclaimer: The above information is for reference purposes only. The content of this page is not intended to substitute for advice given by the user's own government travel departments or a licensed travel health advisor. The viewer/user of this web page should always contact the user's own government representatives in that area for the most up-to-date information at that time, before making a final decision to travel to that country or destination.

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