Kairouan Governorate

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Map of Tunisia with Kairouan highlighted
Map of Tunisia with Kairouan highlighted
Coordinates: 35°40′N 10°06′E / 35.667°N 10.100°E / 35.667; 10.100Coordinates: 35°40′N 10°06′E / 35.667°N 10.100°E / 35.667; 10.100
Country Tunisia
Created June 21, 1956
Capital Kairouan
 • Total 6,712 km2 (2,592 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 9th of 24
Population (2014)
 • Total 570,559
 • Rank Ranked 5th of 24
 • Density 85/km2 (220/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01)
Postal prefix xx
ISO 3166 code TN-41

Kairouan Governorate (Tunisian Arabic: ولاية قيروانWilāyat Qiyrwān) is one of the twenty-four governorates of Tunisia. It is landlocked and in the centre-east of the country. It covers an area of 6,712 km² and has a population of 570,559 (2014 census). The narrower province of Sousse borders it to the east, the nearest coastline[1] The capital is Kairouan. Lowland parts of the province are semi-arid, experiencing in most years light rains in the winter months and scant rainfall in other months but higher parts attract relief precipitation in and around the Djebel Zhagdoud and a large part of the Djebel Serj national parks, in the north-east of the province which are geologically outcrops of the Dorsal Atlas mountains in the province to the north.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Twelve municipalities are in Kairouan Governorate:

Code Municipality Population
4111 Kairouan 139,070
4112 Chebika 2,921
4113 Sbikha 8,036
4114 Oueslatia 9,006
4115 Aïn Djeloula 1,757
4116 Haffouz 8,429
4117 Alaâ 3,276
4118 Hajeb El Ayoun 10,621
4119 Nasrallah 5,012
4120 Menzel Mehiri 3,870
4121 Echrarda 1,705
4122 Bou Hajla 7,828