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

Map of Tunisia with Zaghouan highlighted

Subdivisions of Zaghouan Governorate
Coordinates: 36°24′N 10°09′E
CreatedNovember 1, 1976
 • Total2,768 km2 (1,069 sq mi)
Area rankRanked 18th of 24
Population (2014)
 • Total176,945
 • RankRanked 21st of 24
 • Density64/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01 (CET)
Postal prefixxx
ISO 3166 codeTN-22
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
The governorate is divided into six delegations (mutamadiyat), listed below with their populations at the 2004 and 2014 Censuses:[2]
in km2
2004 Census
2014 Census
Bir Mcherga53621,50824,387
El Fahs93643,67846,449
Six municipalities are in Zaghouan Governorate:
1613Bir Mcherga8,329
1614Djebel Oust5,325
1615El Fahs23,556

  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.

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