Tunisia is located on the northern coastline of the African continent. Tunisia borders the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Algeria to the west, and Libya to the east. The southern half of the country is located inside the Sahara Desert.
Population: 11.1 million
Ethnic Groups: Arab (98%), European (1%), Jewish and Other (1%)
Languages: Arabic (Official), French (Commerce), Berber (Tamazight)
Religions: Muslim (Official; Sunni) (99.1%), Other (1%)
CIA: The World Factbook - Last Updated July 12, 2017
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In Tunisia, Islam is the state religion. Indigenous churches are not allowed to own property or open bank accounts. The government maintained a secular tone in the past, but an Islamic party gained power as a result of the 2011 elections. Many have become uneasy about the role Islam will play in public life, and in particular, women's rights. Indeed, the party which won the 2011 elections put forward a constitution that would put more limits on women. However, the party stepped aside in 2013, and a non-partisan (politically independent) government took power until the 2014 elections. Currently, Mohamed Beji Caid Essebsi is the President of Tunisia following the December 2014 elections. He is the first freely and directly elected president of Tunisia.