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LOCATED IN NORTH Africa between Algeria and Libya, the Republic of Tunisia has a land area of 63,170 sq. mi. (163,610 sq. km.), with a population of 10,327,000 (2006 est.) and a population density of 161 people per sq. mi. (62 people per sq. km.). In spite of its having an arid climate, 19 percent of the land in Tunisia is arable, with 13 percent under permanent cultivation. There is also an additional 20 percent used as meadows or pasture, mainly for the raising of sheep, goats, and cattle. Only 4 percent of the country is forested.

Tunisia has its own supplies of crude oil and natural gas, and as a result, 99 percent of the country's electricity generation comes from the use of fossil fuels, ...

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