Bizerte Governorate

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Bizerte
بنزرت
Governorate
Map of Tunisia with Bizerte highlighted
Map of Tunisia with Bizerte highlighted
Coordinates: 37°16′N 9°52′E / 37.267°N 9.867°E / 37.267; 9.867Coordinates: 37°16′N 9°52′E / 37.267°N 9.867°E / 37.267; 9.867
Country Tunisia
Created June 21, 1956[1]
Capital Bizerte
Area
 • Total 3,750 km2 (1,450 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 13th of 24
Population (2014)
 • Total 568,219
 • Rank Ranked 7th of 24
 • Density 150/km2 (390/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01)
Postal prefix xx
ISO 3166 code TN-23

Bizerte Governorate (Tunisian Arabic: ولاية بَنزرتWilāyat Benzart pronounced [bɑnˈzɑrt]) is the northernmost of the 24 governorates of Tunisia. It is in northern Tunisia, approximately rectangular and having a long north coast. It covers an area of 3,750 km² including two large lakes, one coastal hence saline and one freshwater being the World Heritage Site, Ichkeul lake.[1] Its population was 568,219 as at the 2014 census.[2] The capital is Bizerte which stands principally on inlet between Bizerte lake and the Mediterranean. The offshore Galite Islands are part of the governorate.

Geography[edit]

The governorate is centered 60 kilometres (37 mi) from the capital and borders the governorates of Ariana, Béja, and Manouba.

The average temperature is 22.75 °C and annual rainfall is 300-800 millimeters.[1]

Administrative divisions[edit]

Administratively, the governorate is divided into fourteen delegations (mutamadiyat), thirteen municipalities, seven rural councils, and 102 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
Bizerte Nord 75,234 87,307
Bizerte Sud 45,227 55,659
Djoumine 35,213 29,029
El Alia 24,539 27,075
Ghar El Melh 18,525 19,477
Ghezala 27,799 26,977
Mateur 47,562 46,975
Menzel Bourguiba 54,804 61,919
Menzel Jemil 39,691 47,224
Ras Jabel 51,240 58,241
Sejenane 42,156 40,166
Tinja 19,444 23,455
Utique 18,266 19,922
Zarzouna 24,428 24,793

The following thirteen municipalities are located in Bizerte Governorate:

Code Municipality Population
(2014)[3]
1711 Bizerte 136,917
1712 Sejnane 5,645
1713 Mateur 34,010
1714 Menzel Bourguiba 54,536
1715 Tinja 21,139
1716 Ghar al Milh 5,345
1717 Aousja 5,126
1718 Menzel Jemil 22,238
1719 Menzel Abderrahmane 19,078
1720 El Alia 18,359
1721 Ras Jebel 28,610
1722 Metline 9,904
1723 Raf Raf 9,850


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