Sidi Bouzid Governorate

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Sidi Bouzid
ولاية سيدي بوزيد
Governorate
Map of Tunisia with Sidi Bouzid highlighted
Map of Tunisia with Sidi Bouzid highlighted
Coordinates: 35°02′N 9°30′E / 35.033°N 9.500°E / 35.033; 9.500Coordinates: 35°02′N 9°30′E / 35.033°N 9.500°E / 35.033; 9.500
Country Tunisia
Created January 1, 1973[1]
Capital Sidi Bouzid
Area
 • Total 7,405 km2 (2,859 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 7th of 24
Population (2014)
 • Total 429,912
 • Rank Ranked 13th of 24
 • Density 58/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01)
Postal prefix 91
ISO 3166 code TN-43

Sidi Bouzid Governorate (Tunisian Arabic: ولاية سيدي بوزيد‎), sometimes spelt Sidi Bou Zid, is one of the 24 governorates (provinces) of Tunisia. It is in central Tunisia and landlocked. It covers an area of 7405 km²[1] and has a population of 429,912 (2014 census).[2] The capital is its most populous settlement, Sidi Bouzid.

Geography[edit]

Toward the east and south of the governorate feature narrow escarpments of the dorsal Atlas Mountains and the western border is elevated. The land otherwise slopes generally east throughout. Lakes are scarce relative to other northern and central divisions. A dammed lake, the Barrage Sidi Saad, commences on the northern border with Kairouan Governorate; within the administrative area its principal effect is to widen the main river, the Oued El Hatech which rises close to the Algerian border on the far west side of neighbouring Kasserine Governorate. The river adjoins fields on the northern edge of the town of Sidi Bouzid. A larger seasonal salt lake, the Sebkhet en Noual is largely within the area and on the south-east border. It is described on some maps as a salt marsh.[3] The smaller maximum-size Sebkhet Mecheguia forms a short part of the eastern border. The natural landscape is semi-arid with irrigated areas used for cultivation and grazing. The climate is therefore temperate at night, except in unusual overcast conditions and precipitation is confined largely to winter months/early spring, its levels are variable, see Climate.

Administrative divisions[edit]

The following ten municipalities are in Sidi Bouzid Governorate:

Code Municipality Population
(2014)[4]
4311 Sidi Bouzid 48,284
4312 Jilma 5,821
4313 Cebalet 3,361
4314 Bir El Hafey 6,475
4315 Sidi Ali Ben Aoun 9,297
4316 Menzel Bouzaiane 7,113
4317 Meknassy 14,773
4318 Mezzouna 7,390
4319 Regueb 11,420
4320 Ouled Haffouz 2,494


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