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Official Name: Tunisian Republic
Population: 10,4 million (UN)
Capital: Tunis
Government: Republic
Leaders: Interim President Moncef Marzouki
Religion: 98% Muslim
Languages: Arabic (official), French
GDP: $100 billion (2010 est. CIA World Factbook)
GDP/Capita: $9,400
Main exports: clothing, semi-finished goods and textiles, agricultural products, mechanical goods, phosphates and chemicals, hydrocarbons, electrical equipment
Time zone: CET
International dialing code: +216
Currency: 1 Tunisian Dinar (TND) = USD 0.5736
Country briefing
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Like much of the rest of the MENA region, Tunisia has a history characterised by foreign intervention. Once the home to the powerful ancient naval city of Carthage, the land now known as Tunisia experienced both Turkish Ottoman rule and later on French imperialism during the mid-20th century. As it occupies a position in the centre of North Africa, with close proximity to the Mediterranean’s pivotal shipping routes, Tunisia was often seen as a strategic asset in the region. 
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