Zaghouan Governorate

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ولاية زغوان
Map of Tunisia with Zaghouan highlighted
Map of Tunisia with Zaghouan highlighted
Subdivisions of Zaghouan Governorate
Subdivisions of Zaghouan Governorate
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
CreatedNovember 1976
 • GovernorMohamed El Euch (since 2022)
 • Total2,768 km2 (1,069 sq mi)
 • RankRanked 18th of 24
 • Total176,945
 • RankRanked 21st of 24
 • Density64/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01 (CET)
Postal prefix
ISO 3166 codeTN-22

Zaghouan Governorate (Arabic: ولاية زغوان Wilāyat Zaghwān pronounced [zɑɣˈwæːn]) 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 population was 176,945 at the 2014 census.[1] The capital is the town of Zaghouan.


The area is roughly circular and lies above the low coastal plains; it has a summit of 1,295 m close to its centrally-located 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 of Kairouan, inland from Sousse, passes through the town 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 is connected back to the east coast.

Administrative divisions[edit]

The governorate is divided into six delegations (mutamadiyat), listed below with their populations at the 2004 and 2014 Censuses:[2]

Delegation Area
in km2
2004 Census
2014 Census
Bir Mcherga 536 21,508 24,387
El Fahs 936 43,678 46,449
Nadhour 357 28,550 30,366
Saouaf 253 12,095 12,681
Zaghouan 409 34,367 38,445
Ez-Zeriba 348 20,765 24,617

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


  1. ^ (in French) Census 2014 (National Institute of Statistics)
  2. ^ Institut National de la Statistique Tunisie (web).
  3. ^ 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.