I have made some additions to the change history, using source  and others.
Update 7 to Geopolitical Entities and Codes, the successor to FIPS standard 10-4, was issued with the date 2012-02-01. It changes the spellings of Ariana, Kebili, and Sidi Bou Zid to L’Ariana, Kébili, and Sidi Bouzid, respectively.
ISO 3166-2 Newsletter II-3 is dated 2011-12-15. For Tunisia, the only change is that the name of one governorate is changed from L'Ariana to Ariana.
The latest version of the FIPS standard is called "Geopolitical Entities and Codes", published in 2010-04. For no apparent reason, it has changed the code for one district of Tunisia.
FIPS Publication Change Notice No. 9, affecting FIPS PUB 10-4, was issued on 2004-10-01. It assigns a code to the new Manouba governorate. It also changes the name of El Kef governorate to Kef (shown as Le Kef in the tables below).
ISO 3166-2 Newsletter Number I-5, dated 2003-09-05, gives a code for the new Manouba governorate. Newsletter Number I-6 was published on 2004-03-08. It changes the name of Manouba to "La Manouba".
Tunisia (more commonly called Tunis, formally the Regency of Tunis, until about 1930) began the 20th century as a French protectorate. It gained full independence on 1956-03-20. Tunisia's desert boundaries were indistinct at first, and there is still a border dispute with Algeria.
from the capital, Tunis + -ia (suffix for country)
Tunisia is divided into 24 wilayat (governorates).
|Ben Arous||505,773||761||294||Bin `Arūs|
|Le Kef||258,790||4,965||1,917||Al Kāf|
|Sidi Bou Zid||395,506||6,994||2,700||Sīdī Bū Zayd|
Tunisia uses four-digit postal codes in which the first two digits indicate the governorate.
See the Delegations of Tunisia page.
The provinces are divided into mutamadiyat (delegations, districts). The census reports show a tertiary division, the imada (sector).
The UN LOCODE page for Tunisia lists locations in the country, some of them with their latitudes and longitudes, some with their ISO 3166-2 codes for their subdivisions. This information can be put together to approximate the territorial extent of subdivisions.
|Le Kef||101,093||112,490||Le Kef|
|Matmata||21,663||25,396||Territoires du Sud|
|Medjiz-el-Bab||63,740||73,473||Medjez el Bab|
|Nefzaoua||40,690||48,013||Territoires du Sud|
|Ouerghemma||99,735||109,588||Territoires du Sud|
|Souk-el-Arba||76,107||94,755||Souk el Arba|
|Souk-el-Khemis||37,997||46,047||Souk el Arba|
|Tataouine||48,607||63,413||Territoires du Sud|
Note: Source  shows results of the 1946 census, broken down by "contrôles civils", which can be translated in various ways. The source doesn't give a translation. One possibility that I think fits is "civil rolls". By matching population totals, I was able to identify each caidate with the civil roll that includes it. There is one discrepancy: source  takes 13,968 people away from the Zaghouan civil roll and gives them to Sousse.
|Souk el Arba||199,270||3,050|
|Tunis and Suburbs||570,710||5,560|
TS04), Bizerte (
TS05), Nabeul (
TS08), and Tunis and Suburbs (
TS13). Part of Nabeul governorate transferred to Sousse (former
TS12). These actions were taken under Law 72-1.
TS11), under Law 73-75.
TS01), under Law 74-47. The divisions at the time of the 1975 census were as follows:
TN.AN, FIPS code
TS26), under Law 2000-78.
There are numerous methods for transliterating from Arabic to the Roman alphabet. The names here labeled Arabic are not the only possible versions.
|Sidi Bou Zid||213,115||288,528||374,825||395,506|
Sources: 1975 - ; 1984 - ; 1994 - ; 2004 - . However, the total for 1994 is taken from .
Sources  and  provide populations that differ by as much as 8.1%. Source  had a list of governorates that included some that were created after the census date; it also was rounded to the nearest hundred. Therefore, I report the data from source . Population of Tunis South listed under Zaghouan.
Source  had 1994 and 2004 census data, rounded to the nearest thousand. Its 1994 figures differ from  by no more than 1.85% in each governorate. The 1994 total in  and the one in  are the same, within rounding error. Unfortunately, the total of the populations given in  is 8,735,875, off by almost 50,000. If we could assume that  had transposed the second and fourth digits in the population of Gabès, and that it was actually 360,143, that would make the total for Tunisia come out with an error of only 11. However, if that were the case,  and  would be in excessive disagreement over Gabès.
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