Tunisia: Random Facts and Trivia

Some random facts and trivia for the country of the world Tunisia, Ancient Rome in Carthage, biography of Bourguiba, export of olive oil.



Following the Roman conquest of Carthage, Tunisia became the Roman province of Africa--a name that spread to the rest of the continent. It was regarded as the granary of the empire. During their 400-year stay, the Romans built 180 cities in Tunisia.

President Bourguiba, though himself a Muslim (married to a Frenchwoman), has shown little patience for those Islamic traditions which he believes hinder progress. As a result, Tunisia is one of the few Muslim countries where women can divorce their husbands. Bourguiba has urged women to discard the veil and take a greater part in community affairs. In 1960 polygamy was banned, although older husbands were allowed to keep their wives. Contraceptives are free with newspapers carrying reports of How, When, and Where each type is to be used. Abortions are legal for mothers of more than 5 children.

On the outskirts of Sfax, on the central coast, is the Forest of the Olive Trees, containing 8 million of them, on 1,500,000 acres of land. Tunisia is the world's 2nd largest exporter of olive oil.

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