- Tunis; 1,996,000
- 163,610 square kilometers (63,170 square miles)
- Arabic, French
- Tunisian dinar
- Life Expectancy:
- GDP per Capita:
- U.S. $6,800
- Literacy Percent:
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Gaining its independence in 1956 after 75 years under French control, this North African nation was ruled by President for Life Habib Bourguiba until his ouster in 1987. Political and economic reforms have since pulled Tunisia from the brink of collapse. The fluctuating economy is based on agriculture—particularly market gardening of vegetables—as well as phosphates and petroleum. Tunisia's sunny Mediterranean coast and ancient history, spectacularly preserved at Carthage, make for a robust tourist industry.
- Industry: Petroleum, mining, tourism, textiles, footwear
- Agriculture: Olives, olive oil, grain, dairy products
- Exports: Textiles, mechanical goods, phosphates and chemicals, agricultural products
—Text From National Geographic Atlas of the World, Eighth Edition
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