Tunisian Society

The Tunisian people belong to the Arab-Muslim world. The overwhelming majority of the population is Muslim. Small Christian and Jewish communities practice their faith freely and contribute to Tunisia's rich cultural diversity.

Tunisia's Population

Tunisia's population amounts to 10886.5inhabitants. 65% of the population lives in urban areas. Tunis, the capital, with a population of about 1 million, is one of the principal cosmopolitan urban centers of the Mediterranean. Other cities in Tunisia include Carthage, Jerba, Hammamet, Bizerte, Sousse, Sfax and Kairouan. An open and hospitable country, Tunisia has served as a crossroads of civilizations where Arab, Berber, African and European influences have helped shape the unique Tunisian cultural identity.

Official Language

The official language is Arabic while French is widely used. English is spoken by a growing number of Tunisians. One-fifth of the population makes its livelihood by farming. The rest of the well-educated and skilled population is employed in industries, tourism, fishing, mining and manufacturing. Various indicators show a substantial improvement of the living standards of all Tunisians. Life expectancy has increased to 74.9 years in 2011. The annual Population natural growth rate reached 74.9 in 2011. Nearly 80% of the population is considered as middle class.

Source: National Institute of Statistics (INS)


Women's Rights

Building on a progressive legacy, Tunisia has made the promotion of women in all walks of life, and their involvement in the development process, one of the cornerstones of its social policies.

The special status enjoyed by Tunisian women is the result of a reformist tradition going far back as the 19th century. This tradition was consecrated, as early as 1956, with the adoption of the Code of Personal Status, a revolutionary legislation in the region. The code abolished polygamy and repudiation, and made divorce decisions the sole prerogative of the courts.

Today, Tunisian women enjoy fully-fledged equality with men in principle and in practice, playing thus a vital role in political life, societal progress as well as in professional life. Indeed, Women today account for 53.9%of university students, 12% of senior business executives, 21% of civil service employees, 23% of magistrates, 24% of journalists, 35% of doctors, 50% of academics, 63% of pharmacists. There are over 5,000 female heads of businesses and more than 10,000 small and medium-sized enterprises, in the industrial, commercial and service sectors, are managed by women.

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