Map of Tunisia with Sousse highlighted
|Created||June 21, 1956|
|• Total||2,669 km2 (1,031 sq mi)|
|Area rank||Ranked 19th of 24|
|• Rank||Ranked 4th of 24|
|• Density||250/km2 (650/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+01)|
|ISO 3166 code||TN-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). The capital is Sousse.
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.
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.
The governorate is sub-divided into 15 delegations:
- Hammam Sousse
- Kalaa Kebira
- Kalaa Sghira
- Sidi Bou Ali
- Sidi El Heni
- Sousse Jaouhara
- Sousse Medina
- Sousse Riadh
- Sousse Sidi Abdelhamid
Sixteen municipalities are in Sousse Governorate:
|3118||Sidi Bou Ali||10,282|
|3122||Sidi El Hani||2,706|
- (in French) Census 2014 (National Institute of Statistics)
- Physical Map of Tunisia
- "Gouvernorat de Sousse" Portail de l'industrie Tunisienne, in French
- 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.
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