Tunisia is a country shrouded with history, beautiful people, intrigue, historical diversity, magnificent monuments and things to see that all come together to present the extraordinary country, that it is today. The country is bordered by neighbouring Algeria and Libya, with the Mediterranean Sea in the north and east. The country has an estimate population of only over 10 million people. The capital city Tunis is an exotic tourist destination with a true feel of being in the Mediterranean. It showcases influential architectural designs, charm and offers lots to see and do whilst visiting. There are many languages spoken in Tunisia such as French, English, Italian, Turkish and Berber with the country’s main spoken Language being Tunisian Arabic.
According to some records Tunisia was inhabited by nomadic Berber tribes as early as 5000 BCE who were mostly travellers along Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Niger, Mali, Tunisia and essentially all throughout north and mid Africa. During Roman rule in the 9th century when the Phoenicians founded the city of Carthage the Romans also contributed to substantial infrastructure and construction of buildings of which some of the remains can still be seen today. Export of olive oil, wild animals and other agricultural produce are just some of the trading practices that took place during these times.
Apart from Christianity that was practiced in the country, during the Middle Ages one of the first Islamic cities, the Kairouan, was also built during this era. Tunisia also went through several stages of rule which included Ottoman Tunisia during the 1530’s where Spain also influenced and then later the French during 1800’s -1900’s. After independence in 1956, the Tunisian Revolution of 2011 took place and reshaped the country.
Tunisia has so many layers of history that combines Roman influence, French, Spanish and Arabic culture, these can all be seen throughout the country. Some spectacular historic and excellent things to see include:
• El Djem – roman architecture is prevalent in the El Djem. The city was established by the Romans, the city is now a World Heritage Site since 1979.
• Mtamata & The Ksour – this unique cave like architecture is popular amongst movie makers for its unusual and fascinating nature, such as movie franchise “Star Wars”.
• Kairouan – established in 670 under the Aghlabid Dynasty in the 9th century and is now a UNESCO World heritage Site and remains one of the holiest cities in Muslim culture.
• Mountain Oasis – this picturesque destination gives visitors an insight to the desert-like nature of the country combining other aspects of nature’s beauty. It is frequented by hikers and is a true magnificent destination that is an absolute must see.
Business opportunities & economy
Tunisia is striving to grow a healthy economy and living conditions for its people. Major investment opportunities are in agriculture as Tunisia is the 1st country to internationally export olive oil and dates.
Other economic sectors for investment opportunity include:
• Electrical, mechanical & electrical
• Leather & footwear
There are jobs for individuals who qualify in major economic sectors.
Medical care in the country is not equivalent of western countries. Immigrants and expats must ensure that they have medical insurance to cover treatment. There are many private hospital and clinics with English speaking personnel.
There are government and international schools accessible in the country but the main language of instruction is Arabic as well as French. Tunisia has primary, secondary and tertiary education.
The various visas for Tunisia are obtainable through the services of Visafrican – get in touch with us today.