GOVERNMENTTunisia is a independent country since 1952 . It is arepublic which means that the business of the state iseveryones business not just the head of state. TheirPresident is Moncef Marzouki. POPULATION In 2004 Tunisia’s population was 10,300,000.
FLAG , COAT OF ARMS AND THE NATIONAL FLOWERFirst used in 1831 Jasmine The Tunisian coat ofThe Tunisian flag is red with arms means freedoma white circle in the middle (ship) order (lion) andwith the Muslim symbol on it. justice (scales) That is the country’s motto.
MAPThe capital city ofTunisia is Tunis.It’s neighbouringcountries are Algeriaand Libya. It’s closeto the Mediterraneansea.
TRADITIONS , CULTURE AND MANNERSTunisian culture is greatly influenced byRoman, Jewish, Christian, Arab, Islamic, Turkish , Frenchand Mediterranean.Tunisian families are usually extended. They take time ingreeting others talking about family, friends or other topics.Handshakes are a greeting but only between the samegender. If a man and woman greet, the woman must extendher hand first. If she doesn’t the man must bow. When sayinghello or goodbye they say it individually . Gifts are not openedwhen received .
CURRENCYTunisia’s currency is called dinar. It is one of the onlycurrencies that still uses thousands. The coins are 5, 10, 20, 50milim, ½ and 1 dinar. The notes are 5, 10, 20, 30 and 50 dinar. 1 dinar = 1000 milim 1 dinar = 60 c (AU)
ECONOMYTunisia is a leading source ofbarley, citrus, fruit, wheat, olives, wine, ironore, lead, phosphates, petroleum, zinc, pine and oak. Tunisia has two parts, the older parts and the newer parts.In the old parts it is common to see narrow streets withmarkets. These markets are called Souks. In the newerparts most streets are tree lined avenues with Europeanstyle buildings. The north and east are richer than thesouth. In the south most houses are made of stone orconcrete.
HOW THEY EATWhen eating, Tunisians remove their shoes. First theywash their hands and gather at a knee high round tablecalled a mida. The food must be blessed before it’s eaten.The food is served in one bowl. They do not use cutlerybut use the first two fingers of their right hand. They onlyeat the food in front of them. After eating they wash theirhands again. Men and woman don’t usually eat together.
COSTUMESA lady traditionally wears a Sessari. The people from thenewer parts of Tunisia wear what you would wear (Western).The men from the older areas wear the traditional Arabianclothes. They are a turban or skullcap, a loose flowing gownand a long sleeved jacket.
RELIGIONS AND LANGUAGESThe official language of Tunisia is Arabic. Some people speakFrench as a second language.98% of Tunisians are Muslim. 1% are Jewish and 1% areChristian.
WEATHERThe average temperature of Tunisia is 18.4˚C . Their summers are hotand dry and their winters are mild and rainy.