Béja Governorate

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Béja
باجة
Governorate
Map of Tunisia with Béja highlighted
Map of Tunisia with Béja highlighted
Coordinates: 36°44′N 9°11′E / 36.733°N 9.183°E / 36.733; 9.183Coordinates: 36°44′N 9°11′E / 36.733°N 9.183°E / 36.733; 9.183
Country Tunisia
Created June 21, 1956[1]
Capital Béja
Area
 • Total 3,740 km2 (1,440 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 14th of 24
Population (2014)
 • Total 303,032
 • Rank Ranked 18th of 24
 • Density 81/km2 (210/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01)
Postal prefix xx
ISO 3166 code TN-31

Béja Governorate (Tunisian Arabic: ولاية باجةWilāyat Bājah pronounced [ˈbæːʒæ]) is one of the twenty-four governorates of Tunisia. It is in northern Tunisia and has a brief coastline relative to its size. It covers an area of 3,740 km²[1] and had a population of 303,032 as at the 2014 census.[2][3] The capital is Béja and it spans the moderately high Tell Atlas hills and part of the plain between the Tell Atlas and the Dorsal Atlas further south.

Geography[edit]

The governorate is 105 kilometres (65 mi) from the capital and surrounded by the governorates of Bizerte, Zaghouan, Manouba, Siliana, and Jendouba.

The average temperature is 18 °C and annual rainfall is 350-1000 millimeters.[1]


Administrative divisions[edit]

Administratively, the governorate is divided into nine delegations (mutamadiyat), eight municipalities, eight rural councils, and 101 sectors (imadas).[1] The delegations and their populations from the 2004 and 2014 censuses,[2] are listed below:

Delegation Population in 2004 Population in 2014
Amdoun 22,484 21,187
Béja Nord 67,471 71,198
Béja Sud 38,396 38,101
Goubellat 16,383 15,762
Medjez El Bab 38,964 41,749
Nefza 53,195 48,101
Teboursouk 24,327 22,115
Testour 32,772 33,613
Tibar 10,509 11,206

The following eight municipalities are located in Béja Governorate:

Code Municipality Population
(2014)[4]
2111 Béja 62,303
2112 El Maâgoula 7,809
2113 Zahret Medien 5,204
2114 Nefza 7,302
2115 Téboursouk 11,865
2116 Testour 13,331
2117 Goubellat 4,128
2118 Majaz al Bab 21,653


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