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Kairouan - a city in northern Tunisia
Kairouan - a city in northern Tunisia

Kairouan

Kairouan is a city in northern Tunisia’s inland desert. It became a powerful trading hub and center of Islamic scholarship in the 9th century
Photo by Haythem Gataa

TUNISIA

Africa

TUNISIA

Africa

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Capital: Tunis

Location: Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Algeria and Libya

Government: Republic of Tunisia

Currency: Tunisian dinars (TND)

Area: 163,610 sq km

Population: 11,811,335 (July 2021 est.)

Languages: Arabic (official, one of the languages of commerce), French (commerce), Berber (Tamazight); note - despite having no official status, French plays a major role in the country and is spoken by about two thirds of the population

Religion: Muslim (official; Sunni) 99%, other (includes Christian, Jewish, Shia Muslim, and Baha'i) <1%

TimeZone: UTC+1

Tel Code: +216

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