Tunisia is in Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Algeria and Libya. The climate is temperate in the north with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers, with desert in the south. The official language is Arabic. French is used in business and government and is mostly spoken. While only a few Tunisians are proficient in English, the number of English speakers is increasing. The main religion is Islam. The economy of Tunisia is in the process of economic reform and liberalization after decades of heavy state direction and participation in the economy. Economic and fiscal planning have resulted in moderate but sustained growth for over a decade. Tunisia's economic growth historically has depended on oil, phosphates, agri-food products, car parts manufacturing, and tourism. Expatriate business dress is conservative typically a lightweight suit. Women should be aware that extremists demand the observance of strict Muslim dress codes. The security risk for expatriates in Tunisia is low overall, but high in the south and the interior. Risks include ongoing economic challenges, petty crime, strikes, protests and incursions by armed groups along the border with Libya, as well as terrorism. The currency of Tunisia is the Tunisian Dinar (TND). ATMs are widely available in major urban areas not all international cards are accepted. Major credit cards are generally accepted (but not all) at most shops, restaurants and hotels. Medical facilities are generally adequate but not at international standards. The cost of treatment for expatriates can be high. Usually immediate payment is required. Serious or complex medical treatment may require evacuation which can be expensive. The population of Tunisia is 11 Million (2017 est.), while the inflation rate is 6.3% (Nov 2017).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Tunisia, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Tunisia as at 1 January 2018 is very low in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very Low 2) Clothing: Average 3) Communication: Low 4) Education: Very Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: Very Low 6) Groceries: Very Low 7) Healthcare: Very Low 8) Household Accommodation: Very Low 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: Very Low 11) Recreation & Culture: Very Low 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very Low 13) Transport: Very Low Tunisia is for example -48.1% cheaper than USA for groceries, -38% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 17.2% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for Tunisia for an expat from Australia, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Tunisia) premium of 30% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. Tunisia is ranked as a high degree of hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Tunisia? Register subscribe to your home location and Tunisia and run your personalised reports.