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A Sfax street (Rue Hédi Chaker)
A Sfax street (Rue Hédi Chaker)
Sfax is located in Tunisia
Coordinates: 34°44′N 10°46′E / 34.733°N 10.767°E / 34.733; 10.767Coordinates: 34°44′N 10°46′E / 34.733°N 10.767°E / 34.733; 10.767
GovrenoratesSfax Govrenorate
 • MayorMoncef Abdelhedi
 • Total265,131
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1

Sfax (Arabic: صفاقس‎, Safaqis, or [sfaːqs] in Tunisian Arabic, whence the French name) is the seicont lairgest ceety in Tunisie, locatit 270 km (168 mile) sootheast o Tunis. The ceety, foondit in AD 849 on the ruins o Taparura an Thaenae, is the caipital o the Sfax Govrenorate, an a Mediterranean port on the Gulf o Gabès. Sfax haes population o 340,000 (2005), an is an industrial centre for processin phosphates. The ceety wis aften descrived as Tunisie's Seicont ceety, acause ae Tunis haes mair indwallers. Nouadays, Sfax lost this poseetion for ither Tunisan ceeties which hauld mair developed touristic an industrial activities.

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

Leukin athort the Place de la République towards Sfax ceety hall (photographed in 2005).

Bi the end o the 10t century Sfax haed acome an independent ceety-state. The ceety wis conquered bi Roger II ofSicily in 1148 an occupied till it wis leeberatit in 1156 bi local forces, an wis briefly occupied bi European forces again, this time bi the Spainyie, in the 16t century. Sfax became an integral base o the Barbary piracy, promptin an unsuccessful invasion bi Venice in 1785. In the late 19t century Sfax an the rest o Tunisie wur conquered bi Fraunce an incorporatit intae the French empire. Durin Warld War II, the Axis pouers uised the ceety as a major base till thay wur defeatit bi Breetish forces. Efter Warld War II, Tunisie wis returned tae Fraunce anerlie tae gain unthirldom in 1956.

Transport[eedit | eedit soorce]

Sfax is served bi a nairae gauge railwey seestem o SNCFT that delivers phosphates an iron ore for export. Sfax is an aa served bi Sfax – Thyna Internaitional Airport wi regularly scheduled flichts tae Paris CDG an Tripoli, an chairter flichts tae Jeddah for the pilgrimage tae Mecca.

The A1 motorway connects Sfax wi Tunis.

Communications[eedit | eedit soorce]

Foondit in 1961, Radio Sfax broadcasts twinty oors a day[1] on MW 720 kHz/105.21 MHz.[2]

Education[eedit | eedit soorce]

The Varsity o Sfax includes:

  • ENIS (École Nationale d'Ingénieurs de Sfax) issued a nummer o weel kent scientists an industrials. [1]
  • ESCS (École Supérieure de Commerce de Sfax) issued a nummer o Managers, Economy an Management Researchers an Youth Entrepreneurs. [2]
  • FLSHS (Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines de Sfax) issued a nummer o renouned poets an prose writers .(http://www.flshs.rnu.tn)
  • Sfax Faculty o Medicine (Faculté de Médecine de Sfax). [3] Archived 2007-04-05 at the Wayback Machine

Internaitional relations[eedit | eedit soorce]

Twin touns — Sister ceeties[eedit | eedit soorce]

Sfax is twinned wi:

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Jeter, James Phillip (1996). International Afro mass media: a reference guide. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 130. ISBN 0313284008. Retrieved 1 Januar 2011. Unknown parameter |coauthor= ignored (|author= suggested) (help)
  2. Radio Tunis (2010). "Radio Sfax, official site". Radiodiffusion Television Tunisienne. Archived frae the original on 21 August 2010. Retrieved 1 Januar 2011.
  3. Jérôme Steffenino, Marguerite Masson. "Ville de Grenoble –Coopérations et villes jumelles". Grenoble.fr. Retrieved 16 Mey 2013.
  4. "Universitätsstadt Marburg Partnerstädte". marburg.de. Retrieved 20 Mairch 2011.

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