Serving as home to roughly a quarter of its nation’s total population, Tunis is the capital city for the Republic of Tunisia. The tiniest country in northwestern Africa, Tunis is also home to headquarters for roughly two-thirds of Tunisia’s financial services companies, making Tunisia’s capital an essential business hub.
Mercer’s 2016 Cost of Living rankings benchmark how much a new resident in a city has to pay for products compared to New York using the US dollar as the base currency. For 2016, Tunis ranks in 204th place down slightly from 203rd place in 2015 and is among the least costly cities that Mercer analyzes.
Tunisia exported an estimated US$13.8 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2016. Highest-value Tunisian exports are insulated wire or cable, olive oil, petroleum oil, clothing and electrical circuitry equipment according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Tunis, Tunisia: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Bardo National Museum, St Vincent de Paul Cathedral, Olive Tree Mosque (Djemma ez Zaitouna) and the Mausoleum of Aziza Othman
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Tunis, Tunisia:
- Hend Sabry, actress (born Nov. 20, 1979)
- Rym Saidi, model (born Jun. 21, 1986)
- Tarak Ben Ammar, film producer (born Jun. 12, 1949)
- Leila Ben Khalifa, TV host & reality star (born Feb. 16, 1982)
- Dany Brillant, singer-songwriter (born Dec. 28, 1965)
- Michel Boujenah, comedian & screenwriter (born Nov. 3, 1952)
- Radhia Nasraoui, human rights lawyer (born 1953)
- Brigitte Engerer , chamber musician (born Oct. 27, 1952)
- Férid Boughedir , film director & screenwriter (born 1944)
- Roberto Blanco, actor (born Jun. 7, 1937)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Tunis resident: Tunisois
Population: 2,240,000 (Tunis city plus built-up urban area)
Density: 13,176 people per square mile (5,087 per square kilometer)
Population: 2,643,695 (Grand Tunis)
Density: 2,567 people per square mile (991 per square kilometer)
Population: 11,134,588 (Tunisia)
Density: 186 people per square mile (72 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$130.8 billion as of October 2016 (for Tunisia, per WorldsRichestCountries.com)
GDP per person: $11,747
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Tunis were unavailable.
Official currency used in Tunis: Tunisian dinar
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Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on December 6, 2016
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Africa: Tunisia. Accessed on February 16, 2017
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas. Accessed on December 6, 2016
CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition. Accessed on December 6, 2016
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on December 6, 2016
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on February 16, 2017
Mercer, 2016 Cost of Living Rankings. Accessed on February 16, 2017
Official Government Website, Portal of Tunis city. Accessed on December 6, 2016
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on December 6, 2016
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Grand Tunis. Accessed on December 6, 2016
Wikipedia, Tunis. Accessed on December 6, 2016
Wikipedia, Tunisia. Accessed on February 16, 2017
In 2015, an estimated 2.2 million people lived in Tunis city or nearby built-up urban areas. Combining the perimeters for Tunis and the surrounding built-up areas cover a total 170 square miles (440 square kilometers).
Known as Grand Tunis, Tunisia’s largest metropolitan region encompasses four states: Tunis (containing the capital), Ariana, Manouba and Ben Arous. The much larger metropolitan entity extends over 1,030 square miles (2,668 square kilometers), within which there were approximately 2.6 million Tunisians.
At the country level, Tunisia’s land area covers 59,985 square miles (155,360 square kilometers). The national population count was 11.1 million inhabitants as of July 2016.
Population density is much more concentrated within Tunisia’s capital city with an average 13,200 residents per square mile (5,100 per square kilometer).
Within the vast Grand Tunis metropolitan region, density diminishes to an average 2,600 people per square mile (1,000 per square kilometer) for Tunis’s greater metropolitan area.
For Tunisia overall, population density drops to an average 186 inhabitants per square mile (72 per square kilometer).
Tunisia separated from France on March 20, 1956. Tunisians celebrate Independence Day as a public holiday each March 20.