Kef Governorate

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ولاية الكاف
Map of Tunisia with Kef highlighted
Map of Tunisia with Kef highlighted
Coordinates: 36°10′56″N 8°42′53″E / 36.18222°N 8.71472°E / 36.18222; 8.71472Coordinates: 36°10′56″N 8°42′53″E / 36.18222°N 8.71472°E / 36.18222; 8.71472
Country Tunisia
Created June 21, 1956
Capital El Kef
 • Total 4,965 km2 (1,917 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 10th of 24
Population (2014)
 • Total 243,156
 • Rank Ranked 19th of 24
 • Density 49/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01)
Postal prefix xx
ISO 3166 code TN-33

Kef Governorate (Tunisian Arabic: ولاية الكافWilāyat el-Kāf pronounced [lkæːf]) is one of the twenty-four governorates of Tunisia. It comprises chiefly part of the dorsal Atlas Mountains and their foothills in north-western Tunisia, bordering Algeria. It covers an area of 4,965 km² and has a population of 243,156 (2014 census).[1] The capital is El Kef.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Twelve municipalities are in Kef Governorate:

Code Municipality Population
2311 El Kef 54,690
2312 Nebeur 3,299
2313 Touiref 2,178
2314 Sakiet Sidi Youssef 6,335
2315 Tajerouine 17,530
2316 Menzel Salem 1,824
2317 Kalaat es Senam 8,145
2318 Kalâat Khasba 2,558
2319 Jérissa 9,807
2320 El Ksour 5,852
2321 Dahmani 12,964
2322 Sers 12,108


Due to its close proximity to the Algerian border and its historical role in the Algerian War of Independence, Kef has a significant Algerian population, hosting over 6,000 registered Algerian voters, the second largest such community in Tunisia after Tunis.[3] Its capital city, El Kef, was the command centre of the Front de Libération Nationale during the Algerian War of Independence against the French in the 1950s.


  1. ^ (in French) Census 2014 (National Institute of Statistics) Archived 2014-10-29 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Recensement Général de la Population et de l'Habitat 2014 – Population, logements et ménages par commune et arrondissement [Census 2014 results – population, accommodation and households per municipality and delegation] (Report) (in French). National Institute of Statistics. 1 April 2015. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Arfaoui, Jamel (April 6, 2009). "Les Algériens de Tunisie se préparent à voter" (in French). Maghrebia. Retrieved April 18, 2012.