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Medenine Governorate

Coordinates: 33°21′17″N 10°30′19″E / 33.35472°N 10.50528°E / 33.35472; 10.50528
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Map of Tunisia with Medenine highlighted
Map of Tunisia with Medenine highlighted
Subdivisions of Medenine Governorate
Subdivisions of Medenine Governorate
Coordinates: 33°21′17″N 10°30′19″E / 33.35472°N 10.50528°E / 33.35472; 10.50528
Country Tunisia
Created21 June 1956[1]
 • GovernorSaied Ben Zayed (since 2021)
 • Total9,167 km2 (3,539 sq mi)
 • RankRanked 3rd of 24
 • Total479,520
 • RankRanked 10th of 24
 • Density52/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01 (CET)
Postal prefix
ISO 3166 codeTN-82

Medenine (Arabic: مدنين Mednīn; French: Médenine) is one of the 24 governorates (provinces) of Tunisia.


The governorate encompasses the south-easternmost coastal strip, totalling 9167 km2 and had a population of 479,520 at the 2014 census.[1][2] The capital is Medenine. The governorate includes the country's largest island, Djerba, which is connected by a ferry boat and has over a third of the total population of the governate and its own airport.

The area is generally lowlands. It extends in two projections at its extreme ends a maximum of 60 km from the coast, otherwise the neighbouring division of Tataouine is 30 km from the coast. The northern projection abuts Kebili Governorate and includes part of a long escarpment which extends from the south of Gabes Governorate (adjoining Medenine to the north) to beyond Tripoli in Libya and which is dotted with settlements. Precipitation is low and reaches a maximum between October and January, the far north of the governorate and western hill range benefiting from this most. Key settlements are those associated with ports, tourism, fishing, farming in more fertile parts within the north-east and oases.

Administrative divisions[edit]

The governorate is divided into nine delegations (mutamadiyat), listed below with their populations at the 2004 and 2014 Censuses:[3]

Delegation Area
in km2
Ben Gardane 4,807 70,907 79,912
Beni Khedech 1,360 28,586 25,885
Médenine Nord 334 48,102 54,769
Médenine Sud 734 48,087 54,640
Djerba Houmet Souk 163 64,919 75,904
Djerba Midoun 189 50,459 63,528
Djerba Ajim 159 24,166 24,294
Sidi Makhloulf 659 23,728 25,206
Zarzis 886 73,549 75,382

Seven municipalities are in Medenine Governorate:

Code Municipality Population
5211 Medenine 71,406
5212 Beni Khedache 2,930
5213 Ben Gardane 66,567
5214 Zarzis 72,611
5215 Houmt El Souk (Djerba) 75,904
5216 Midoun (Djerba) 63,528
5217 Ajim (Djerba) 24,294


  1. ^ a b (in French) "tunisieindustrie.nat.tn". Archived from the original on 2009-02-17.
  2. ^ (in French) Census 2014 (National Institute of Statistics) Archived 2014-10-29 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Institut National de la Statistique Tunisie (web).
  4. ^ 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.