Sousse Governorate

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Sousse
ولاية سوسة
Map of Tunisia with Sousse highlighted
Map of Tunisia with Sousse highlighted
Subdivisions of Sousse Governorate
Subdivisions of Sousse Governorate
Coordinates: 35°50′N 10°38′E / 35.833°N 10.633°E / 35.833; 10.633Coordinates: 35°50′N 10°38′E / 35.833°N 10.633°E / 35.833; 10.633
Country Tunisia
Created21 June 1956
CapitalSousse
Government
 • GovernorNabil Ferjani (since 2022)
Area
 • Total2,669 km2 (1,031 sq mi)
 • RankRanked 19th of 24
Population
 (2014)
 • Total674,971
 • RankRanked 4th of 24
 • Density250/km2 (650/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01 (CET)
Postal prefix
xx
ISO 3166 codeTN-51

Sousse Governorate (Arabic: ولاية سوسة Wilāyat Sūsah pronounced [ˈsuː.sæ]) is one of the twenty-four governorates (provinces) of Tunisia. It is beside the eastern coast of Tunisia in the north-east of the country and covers an area of 2,621 km2 and has a population of 674,971 (2014 census).[1] The capital is Sousse.

Geography[edit]

The area compasses most of the broad eastern coastal plain (which has a hot Mediterranean climate) featuring salt and fresh water lakes, fed by winter rains. A narrow strip of forest, the Foret Nationale de Tunisie, adjoins part of the beach swathe between Sousse and Hammamet to the far north, the beach forming most of the coastline. These cities are on the Gulf of Hammamet which is a gently-curved bay. The largest lake is the Sebkhet de Sidi El Hani which is shared with two other areas but is mostly in the Sousse Governorate.[2]

Elevations are pronounced in the second national park in the area, which is mainly in Nabeul Governorate, is on all of the seaward sides of Hammam Bent Djadidi adjoining the northern border.

Transport[edit]

Linked by the widest road in the country and railways to Tunis, the area has roads and railways leading further into the country and towards Libya as well as an airport beside the main port city of Sousse, Monastir Habib Bourguiba International Airport which is beyond its short eastern border in much smaller Monastir Governorate. There is a Metro line that goes from Sousse Beb Djedid threw Monastir to Mahdia.

Administrative divisions[edit]

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

Delegation Area
in km2
Pop'n
2004
Census
Pop'n
2014
Census
Akouda 44.6 25,717 34,494
Bouficha 261.8 23,581 26,760
Enfidha 369.8 43,426 49,335
Hammam Sousse 18.5 34,685 42,691
Hergla 84.4 7,913 9,343
Kalâa Kebira 232.9 51,196 59,132
Kalâa Seghira 102.9 27,726 37,797
Kondar 173.7 11,636 13,565
M'saken 332.5 85,380 97,225
Sidi Bou Ali 128.7 17,606 19,543
Sidi El Hani 318.7 11,614 13,505
Sousse Jawhara 14.3 62,663 86,517
Sousse Médina 6.3 29,680 35,288
Sousse Riadh 10.1 .... 64,532
Sousse Sidi Abdelhamid 12.3 46,257 52,787
Zaouia-Ksiba-Thrayet 36.5 .... 32,304

Sixteen municipalities are in Sousse Governorate:

Code Municipality Population
(2014)[4]
3111 Sousse 221,530
3112 Ksibet Thrayet 11,623
3113 Ezzouhour 17,348
3114 Zaouiet Sousse 20,681
3115 Hammam Sousse 42,937
3116 Akouda 27,200
3117 Kalâa Kebira 53,323
3118 Sidi Bou Ali 10,282
3119 Hergla 7,419
3120 Enfidha 10,990
3121 Bouficha 9,931
3122 Sidi El Hani 2,706
3123 M'saken 60,165
3124 Kalâa Seghira 34,548
3125 Messaadine 12,916
3126 Kondar 3,804


References[edit]

  1. ^ (in French) Census 2014 (National Institute of Statistics) Archived 2014-10-29 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Physical Map of Tunisia
  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.