Menzel Bourguiba

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Menzel Bourguiba
Town
Entrance sign with anchors
Entrance sign with anchors
Menzel Bourguiba is located in Tunisia
Menzel Bourguiba
Menzel Bourguiba
Location in Tunisia
Coordinates: 37°9′N 9°47′E / 37.150°N 9.783°E / 37.150; 9.783Coordinates: 37°9′N 9°47′E / 37.150°N 9.783°E / 37.150; 9.783
Country  Tunisia
Governorate Bizerte Governorate
Population (2014)
 • Total 61,919
Time zone CET (UTC+1)

Menzel Bourguiba (Arabic: منزل بورقيبة‎, translit. Manzil Burgueeba, lit. 'House of Bourguiba'‎), formerly known as Ferryville, is a town located in the extreme north of Tunisia, about 60 km from Tunis, in the Bizerte Governorate.

Toponymy[edit]

The town's name translates as "House of Bourguiba", as it was named after the first president of independent Tunisia, Habib Bourguiba, in 1956. During the French colonization of Tunisia (1881–1956), Menzel Bourguiba was named Ferryville, referring to contemporary French minister Jules Ferry.

Economy[edit]

The naval base, Arsenal Sidi-Abdellah in 1960

Menzel Bourguiba is an important town for economic reasons. Its economy is based mainly around metallurgy. It was founded as a naval installation under French rule, because of its strategic location between two lakes: The inland Ichkeul Lake on the west, and Bizerte Lake on the east, which connects to the Mediterranean Sea by the Bizerte canal.

Its most important economic activity was the ailing state-owned shipyard. The yard has seen its workforce decline, after the high level of activity in the 1970s and 1980s, when Tunisia had a larger merchant fleet and when the Soviet Union used Menzel Bourguiba to drydock its ships. At that time, the yard employed over 1,300 people. It has recently been bought by a French ship repair company, Compagnie Marseille Réparation.[1]

Sister city[edit]

Coat of arms of Stuttgart.svg Stuttgart, Germany Germany.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ibiblio.org/maritime/Scheepvaartnieuws/Pdf/scheepvaartnieuws/2003/december/238-09-12-2003.PDF
  2. ^ "Stuttgart Städtepartnerschaften". Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart, Abteilung Außenbeziehungen (in German). Retrieved 2013-07-27. 

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