Medenine Governorate

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Map of Tunisia with Medenine highlighted
Map of Tunisia with Medenine highlighted
Coordinates: 33°21′17″N 10°30′19″E / 33.35472°N 10.50528°E / 33.35472; 10.50528Coordinates: 33°21′17″N 10°30′19″E / 33.35472°N 10.50528°E / 33.35472; 10.50528
Country Tunisia
Created June 21, 1956[1]
Capital Medenine
 • Governor Habib Chouat (2017)
 • Total 9,167 km2 (3,539 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 3rd of 24
Population (2014)
 • Total 479,520
 • Rank Ranked 10th of 24
 • Density 52/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01)
Postal prefix xx
ISO 3166 code TN-82

Medenine (Arabic: مدنينMednīn) is one of the 24 governorates (provinces) of Tunisia.


The governorate encompasses the south-easternmost coastal strip, totalling 9167 km² and had a population of 479,520 at the 2014 census.[1][2] The capital is Medenine. The governorate includes the country's largest island, Djerba, which is connected by bridge and has approximately a quarter of the total population and its own airport.

The area is generally lowlands. It extends in two projections at its extreme ends a maximum of 60 km from the coast, otherwise the neighbouring division of Tataouine is 30 km from the coast. The northern projection abuts Kebili Governorate and includes part of a long escarpment which extends from the south of Gabes Governorate (adjoining Medenine to the north) to beyond Tripoli in Libya and which is dotted with settlements. Precipitation is low and reaches a maximum between October and January, the far north of the governorate and western hill range benefiting from this most. Key settlements are those associated with ports, tourism, fishing, farming in more fertile parts within the north-east and oases.

Administrative divisions

The governorate is divided into nine delegations (with their populations at the 2004 Census):

  • Medenine Nord (48,102)
  • Medenine Sud (48,087)
  • Beni Khedech (28,586)
  • Ben Guerdane (70,907)
  • Zarzis (73,549)
  • Djerba Houmet Souk (64,919)
  • Djerba Midoun (50,459)
  • Djerba Ajim (24,166)
  • Sidi Makhloulf (23,728)

Seven municipalities are in Medenine Governorate:

Code Municipality Population
5211 Medenine 71,406
5212 Beni Khedache 2,930
5213 Ben Gardane 66,567
5214 Zarzis 72,611
5215 Houmt El Souk (Djerba) 75,904
5216 Midoun (Djerba) 63,528
5217 Ajim (Djerba) 24,294


  1. ^ a b (in French) "". Archived from the original on 2009-02-17. 
  2. ^ (in French) Census 2014 (National Institute of Statistics) Archived 2014-10-29 at the Wayback Machine.
  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. 

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