Interesting facts about Tunisia

Posted on Nov 24, 2022      208

The country of Tunisia has long been a popular tourist destination. Warm Mediterranean Sea, reasonable prices, comfortable hotels of the European level - what else do you need to have a pleasant vacation? So Tunisian resorts have long and successfully competed with Turkish and Egyptian.

Facts about Tunisia

  • Together with other North African countries, such as Algeria, Morocco and Egypt, Tunisia is on the list of the most developed and economically stable countries on the African continent.
  • There are about 11 million people living in all of Tunisia.
  • French is the official language here along with Arabic, but in fact few people speak it.
  • The most prestigious professions are schoolteacher and doctor. At one time, the government spent half the budget on health and education. As a result, there is no illiteracy at all. The most beautiful buildings in the city are schools and hospitals, and Tunisian resorts are known throughout the world.

  • The cities of modern Tunisia are built on the territory of the former Phoenician state. Its center was the mighty city of Carthage, whose ruins have survived to this day.
  • The capital, the metropolitan area (here the regions are called vilayets) and the country itself has the same name - Tunis.
  • At one time, the country was conquered three times by the Ottoman Empire, but the Ottomans did not establish a firm rule here.
  • In summer, the working day for most Tunisians begins at 5-7 am and ends before lunch. This is connected with the unbearable heat in the afternoon.
  • Only one palm tree grows in Tunisia: the date palm. The most popular variety in this country is called “Fingers of Light” by the locals. But most of the harvest is exported, and it is difficult to buy dates here.
  • The scenes on the planet Tatooine in “Star Wars,” where Luke Skywalker spent his childhood, were filmed here in Tunisia.
  • Local men wear beards only if they have mustaches. Foreigners who do not observe this custom are looked upon obliquely.
  • Of all the countries in North Africa, Tunisia is the smallest in terms of land area. In the list of the largest countries in the world, it is at 91st place.
  • This country is famous for many ancient trees. Thus, there grows an olive tree, which is already over 2400 years old!
  • The name “Tunisia” is actually feminine. In fact, there is even such a name. Female, of course.
  • The Tunisians believe that the camels, which are very common animals in this country, do not consider people their masters, but their friends.
  • Speaking of camels, all of them in Tunisia are dromedaries, i.e. one-humped camels. There are no two-humped “ships of the desert” here.
  • “Kis-Kis,” the word with which European people usually call cats, is used in Tunisia to chase the animal away.
  • Tunisians have developed their own recipe for treating burns from jellyfish that occur in coastal waters. You need to rub the affected place with sand and put a piece of tomato.
  • There are a lot of cacti here. The most popular hedge here is the cactus hedge. It is beautiful, and thanks to the sharp prickles it is almost impossible to overcome.
  • The roofs of all the houses in Tunisia are flat, because there is no snow here, and such a structure is less heated in the sun.
  • Tunisian police officers may not stop a car for a traffic violation if a woman is behind the wheel.

  • One of the unusual attractions of Tunisia is the “Rose of the Sahara” - this “flower” is formed in the desert from salt and sand. It is often used to decorate aquariums and houses. The height of the crystal can reach 3 meters.
  • There is its own “Colosseum”, built during the Roman Empire. The correct name is “Tizdra Roman Amphitheater” in the city of El Djem.
  • The local moonshine is called “bukha” and is made from figs.
  • The distance from Tunisia to Italy across the Mediterranean Sea is only 160 km. It can be overcome rather quickly by ferry.
  • In Tunisian Sidi Bou Said all houses are blue and white, and repainting them is prohibited by law, so as not to spoil its historic appearance.
  • The basis of Tunisian national cuisine is spicy harissa pasta, which is cooked from olive oil and red pepper. Serve harissa with almost all dishes, except for desserts.
  • Soccer is the most popular sport in this country. During the big broadcasts, the entire population sticks to the TV screens.