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Holidays in Tunisia

Understanding Tunisia

Rivalry between French and Italian interests in Tunisia culminated in a French invasion in 1881 and the creation of a protectorate. Agitation for independence in the decades following World War I was finally successful in getting the French to recognize Tunisia as an independent state in 1956. The country's first president, Habib BOURGUIBA, established a strict one-party state. He dominated the country for 31 years, repressing Islamic fundamentalism and establishing rights for women unmatched by any other Arab nation. In November 1987, BOURGUIBA was removed from office and replaced by Zine el Abidine BEN ALI in a bloodless coup. Street protests that began in Tunis in December 2010 over high unemployment, corruption, widespread poverty, and high food prices escalated in January 2011, culminating in rioting that led to hundreds of deaths. On 14 January 2011, the same day BEN ALI dismissed the government, he fled the country, and by late January 2011, a "national unity government" was formed. Elections for the new Constituent Assembly were held in late October 2011, and in December, it elected human rights activist Moncef MARZOUKI as interim president. The Assembly began drafting a new constitution in February 2012 and, after several iterations and a months-long political crisis that stalled the transition, ratified the document in January 2014. Presidential and parliamentary elections for a permanent government could be held by the end of 2014.

Tunisia economy

Tunisia's diverse, market-oriented economy has long been cited as a success story in Africa and the Middle East, but it faces an array of challenges during the country's ongoing political transition. Following an ill-fated experiment with socialist economic policies in the 1960s, Tunisia embarked on a successful strategy focused on bolstering exports, foreign investment, and tourism, all of which have become central to the country's economy. Key exports now include textiles and apparel, food products, petroleum products, chemicals, and phosphates, with about 80% of exports bound for Tunisia's main economic partner, the European Union. Tunisia's liberal strategy, coupled with investments in education and infrastructure, fueled decades of 4-5% annual GDP growth and improving living standards. Former President (1987-2011) Zine el Abidine BEN ALI continued these policies, but as his reign wore on cronyism and corruption stymied economic performance and unemployment rose among the country's growing ranks of university graduates. These grievances contributed to the January 2011 overthrow of BEN ALI, sending Tunisia's economy into a tailspin as tourism and investment declined sharply. During 2012 and 2013, the Tunisian Government’s focus on the political transition led to a neglect of the economy that resulted in several downgrades of Tunisia’s credit rating. As the economy recovers, Tunisia's government faces challenges reassuring businesses and investors, bringing budget and current account deficits under control, shoring up the country's financial system, bringing down high unemployment, and reducing economic disparities between the more developed coastal region and the impoverished interior.

Issues in Tunisia

none Trafficking in persons: current situation: Tunisia is a source, destination, and possible transit country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking; Tunisia's increased number of street children, children working to support their families, and migrants who have fled unrest in neighboring countries are vulnerable to human trafficking; Tunisian women recruited into Lebanon's entertainment industry are forced into prostitution on arrival and other Tunisian women are forced into prostitution in Jordan; some Tunisian girls employed in domestic work are held in conditions of forced labor tier rating: Tier 2 Watch List - Tunisia does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so; the government continues to maintain that human trafficking is not a widespread problem in Tunisia, which undermines awareness campaigns and does not differentiate human trafficking from migrant smuggling; prior commitments to enact draft anti-trafficking legislation were not fulfilled, and the government has not developed or implemented procedures to identify proactively trafficking victims; the government has assisted an unidentified number of trafficking victims in its shelters for vulnerable groups (2013)

Cities in Tunisia

akkudah  aryanah  bajah  bardaw  bin qirdan  bu salim  duz  harqalah  jabinyanah  jammal  jamnah  jarjis  jilmah  jundubah  kasra  lamtah  manubah  manzil bu ruqaybah  manzil bu zalafah  manzil jamil  manzil kamil  manzil salim  manzil tamim  maqrin  masakin  matir  nabul  naftah  nibbar  qabis  qafsah  qasr hallal  qibili  quballat  qurbah  qurbus  qurunbaliyah  radis  rafraf  sabibah  safaqis  sajanan  sidi bin nur  sidi bu zayd  silyanah  subaytilah  sulayman  susah  tabarqah  tabulbah  taburbah  tabursuq  taklisah  talah  tastur  tatawin  tawzar  tazirkah  tinjah  tunis  tuzah  wadi maliz  zawiyat susah  

What do you think about Tunisia?

How expensive is Tunisia?
(1 TND = 0 USD)
Meal in inexpensive restaurant6.65 TND
3-course meal in restaurant (for 2)30 TND
McDonalds meal6.61 TND
Local beer (0.5 draft)2.49 TND
Foreign beer (0.33 bottle) 3.31 TND
Cappuccino1.39 TND
Pepsi/Coke (0.33 bottle)0.85 TND
Water (0.33 bottle)0.43 TND
Milk (1l)1.24 TND
Fresh bread (500g)0.28 TND
White Rice (1kg)1.7 TND
Eggs (12) 1.99 TND
Local Cheese (1kg) 13.77 TND
Chicken Breast (1kg) 7.13 TND
Apples (1kg) 2.87 TND
Oranges (1kg) 1.92 TND
Tomato (1kg) 1.09 TND
Potato (1kg) 0.86 TND
Lettuce (1 head) 0.62 TND
Water (1.5l)0.58 TND
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 7.36 TND
Domestic Beer (0.5 bottle)1.94 TND
Foreign beer (0.33 bottle) 1.79 TND
Cigarettes5.19 TND
One way local bus ticket0.65 TND
Monthly pass for bus23.25 TND
Taxi start0.42 TND
Taxi 1km0.96 TND
Taxi 1hour waiting11.94 TND
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.76 TND
Utilities for a "normal" apartment113.38 TND
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 7.54 TND
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 444.93 TND
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 240 TND
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 833.33 TND
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 450 TND, your travel companion

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