Zaghouan Governorate

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ولاية زغوان
Map of Tunisia with Zaghouan highlighted
Map of Tunisia with Zaghouan highlighted
Coordinates: 36°24′N 10°09′E / 36.400°N 10.150°E / 36.400; 10.150Coordinates: 36°24′N 10°09′E / 36.400°N 10.150°E / 36.400; 10.150
Country Tunisia
Created November 1, 1976
Capital Zaghouan
 • Total 2,768 km2 (1,069 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 18th of 24
Population (2014)
 • Total 176,945
 • Rank Ranked 21st of 24
 • Density 64/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01)
Postal prefix xx
ISO 3166 code TN-22

Zaghouan Governorate (Arabic: ولاية زغوان‎‎ Wilāyat Zaghwān pronounced [zɑʁˈwæːn]) is one of the twenty-four governorates (provinces) of Tunisia and is in north-eastern Tunisia. It covers an area of 2,768 km² and its a population was 176,945 at the 2014 census.[1] The capital is Zaghouan.


The area is almost circular and above the low coastal plains, it has a summit of 1295 m close to its central capital on the west side of the founding city. The summit sits on one of two north-east to south-west escarpments forming part of the dorsal Atlas Mountains commencing here close to the east coast and Tunisia's capital city, Tunis. The Oued Mellane drains the west and north of the province, having risen in the province to the south-west Siliana and then discharging into the Gulf of Tunis in the southern contiguous districts to the capital city, in particular flowing through Ben Arous the governorate of which takes in land immediately due south of the city centre. As such Zaghouan has no coastline however its climate remains warm Mediterranean, with significant winter and early spring rainfall. The main road from Tunis to the city inland of Sousse, Kairouan, passes through the city of El Fahs in the west of the province. A railway passes through the same city leading to the mid-west of the country, which is in turn connected back to the east coast.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Six municipalities are in Zaghouan Governorate:

Code Municipality Population
1611 Zaghouan 20,798
1612 Zriba 11,819
1613 Bir Mcherga 8,329
1614 Djebel Oust 5,325
1615 El Fahs 23,556
1616 Nadhour 7,567