163,610 sq km (63,170 sq mi)
Population (2010 est.):
Capital and largest city (2003 est.):
Tunis - 1,660,300 (metro. area)
Arabic (official, commerce), French (commerce)
Arab-Berber 98%, European 1%, Jewish and other 1%
Islam (Sunni) 98%, Christian 1%, Jewish and other 1%
GMT+1; Daylight Savings Time is not observed
AC 230V/50Hz; European plugs with two round pins are used
Tunisia is a country located in the northern Africa bordered by Algeria to the west, Libya to the southeast, and Mediterranean Sea to the north and east - just 130 km (80 mi) southwest of Sicily and 160 km (100 mi) due south of Sardinia. Tunisia is the northernmost country in Africa and also the smallest country in North Africa.
Tunisia's landscape is characterized by arable land in north and along central coast, cliffs at the north coast, woodlands in the interior and Sahara desert that dominates south of Gafsa and Gabès. The country has about 1,100 km (700 mi) long coastline and several small islands, like Jerba and Kerkennah. The lowest point in Tunisia is Shatt al Gharsah, at -17 m (56 ft), and the highest is Jebel ech Chambi, at 1,544 m (5,066 ft) located in western central Tunisia.