Tataouine Governorate

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ولاية تطاوين
Moonlit landscape of Tataouine
Moonlit landscape of Tataouine
Map of Tunisia with Tataouine highlighted
Map of Tunisia with Tataouine highlighted
Coordinates: 32°55′32″N 10°26′39″E / 32.92556°N 10.44417°E / 32.92556; 10.44417Coordinates: 32°55′32″N 10°26′39″E / 32.92556°N 10.44417°E / 32.92556; 10.44417
Country Tunisia
Created March 2, 1981
Capital Tataouine
 • Total 38,889 km2 (15,015 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 1st of 24
Population (2007)
 • Total 144,200
 • Rank Ranked 23rd of 24
 • Density 3.7/km2 (9.6/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01)
Postal prefix xx
ISO 3166 code TN-83

Tataouine Governorate (Arabic: ولاية تطاوينWilāyat Taṭāwīn) is the southernmost of the twenty-four governorates of Tunisia, the only one to border both Algeria and Libya. It is also the largest Tunisian governorate, covering an area of 38,889 km² with a population of 143,524 (2004 census), nearly tied for second least populated with Kebili (143,000) after Tozeur (98,000). The capital is Tataouine.

This is where George Lucas filmed part of Star Wars, and the city eventually influenced the naming of the home planet of the Skywalker family (Tatooine).[1]

The following cities and towns are located in the Tataouine Governorate:


  1. ^ Prentice Hall Literature: Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes (Platinum Level) (8th ed.). Prentice Hall, Inc. 2002. Retrieved 2011-01-21.