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Chamber of Commerce Country Factsheet Last update: 15.11.2017

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Key Indicators

163,610 km2
11,037,225 (July 2015 est.)
Government type
Arabic (official, one of the languages of commerce), French (commerce)
$127 billion (2015 est.)
Growth rate
0.8% (2015 est.)



Rivalry between French and Italian interests in Tunisia culminated in a French invasion in 1881 and the creation of a protectorate. Agitation for independence in the decades following World War I was finally successful in convincing the French to recognize Tunisia as an independent state in 1956. The country's first president, Habib BOURGUIBA, established a strict one-party state. He dominated the country for 31 years, repressing Islamic fundamentalism and establishing rights for women unmatched by any other Arab nation. In November 1987, BOURGUIBA was removed from office and replaced by Zine el Abidine BEN ALI in a bloodless coup. Street protests that began in Tunis in December 2010 over high unemployment, corruption, widespread poverty, and high food prices escalated in January 2011, culminating in rioting that led to hundreds of deaths. On 14 January 2011, the same day BEN ALI dismissed the government, he fled the country, and by late January 2011, a "national unity government" was formed. Elections for the new Constituent Assembly were held in late October 2011, and in December, it elected human rights activist Moncef MARZOUKI as interim president. The Assembly began drafting a new constitution in February 2012 and, after several iterations and a months-long political crisis that stalled the transition, ratified the document in January 2014. Parliamentary and presidential elections for a permanent government were held at the end of 2014. Beji CAID ESSEBSI was elected as the first president under the country's new constitution.

Source: The CIA World Factbook - Tunisia


Macroeconomic indicators

 IMF Statistics: 

Subject Descriptor20092010201120122013
GDP, constant prices, %3.1%3.1%0.1%3.9%5.2%
GDP, current prices, $ (billions)43.544.248.952.255.1
GDP per capita, current prices, $ (units)4,170.94,199.34,592.54,852.15,056.1
Inflation, average consumer prices, %3.5%4.4%3.5%4%3.7%
Volume of imports of goods and services, %0.9%-1.4%


Volume of exports of goods and services, %-6.8%3.7%-9.7%9.4%11.4%
Unemployment rate, % of total labor force13.3%13%14.7%14.4%14%
Current account balance, $ (billions)-1.2-2.1-2.8-2.8-2.8
Current account balance, % of GDP-2.8%-4.7%-5.7%-5.4%-5.1%


Source: IMF Statistics - Tunisia


Luxembourg and the country

Existing conventions and agreements

Non double taxation agreement 

In order to promote international economic and financial relations in the interest of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Luxembourg government negotiates bilateral agreements for the avoidance of double taxation and prevent fiscal evasion with respect to Taxes on Income and on fortune with third countries.

  • Convention from 27.3.1996  (Memorial 1999, A, no. 50, p. And 1376)
  • Effective as of 18.10.1999 (Memorial 1999, A, no. 139, p. 2558)

Air Services agreement

  • Agreement from 6.13.1960 (Memorial 1961, A, p. 1031)
  • Effective as of 16.10.1962 (Memorial 1962, A, p. 1109)

Source: Administration des contributions directes


Further information

Foreign Trade

The Statec Foreign Trade statistics provide information on the trade of goods - by product and by country. This information is collected respectively through the INTRASTAT declaration and on the basis of customs documents.

You can see the statistics on the website of the Statec.

Contact points in Tunisia

Luxembourg is represented by the

Ambassade Royale des Pays-Bas à Tunis

In charge of consular affairs :
Ambassade du Royaume de Belgique à Tunis

Economic and Commercial Attaché (AWEX):                                                         

Frédéric du Bois de VROYLANDE

Immeuble Karray, Bloc A - Etage Mezzanine
Angle Rue du Lac d'Annecy & Passage du Lac du Bourget, B.P. N°121
1053 Les Berges du Lac 1
Tél. (+216) 71 659 065 - 71 659 066
Fax (+216) 71 659 067
E-mail : awex.tunis(at) 

Honorary Consuls

Honorary Consul with jurisdiction in Tunisia: 

50, rue Abdelaziz Thaalbi
El Menzah IX-B 1013 Tunis Tunisia

Tel / Fax: + 216 71870785
GSM: + 216 98329149
Email: jamelguemara(at) / Consulat.luxembourg(at)  

Source: Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign Affairs                                                Source: 

Country risk as defined by Office du Ducroire for Tunisia

Ducroire is the only credit insurer covering open account deals in over 200 countries. A rating on a scale from 1 to 7 shows the intensity of the political risk. Category 1 comprises countries with the lowest political risk and category 7 countries with the highest. Macroeconomics experts also assess the repayment climate for all buyers in a country.

Link: Ducroire Office - Country Risk for Tunisia


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