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Sousse, Tunisia - The pearl of the Sahel

With a population of 160,000 Sousse is the third largest city in the Republic of Tunisia. Situated in the geographical middle of the Sahel zone it is at once the economic and cultural centre of this region and, since it is so close to the international airport Monastir, is easily reached from anywhere in the world.

Sousse, a city with antique roots, was formerly known as "Hadrumete". Here the old city, or "Medina", nowadays still surrounded by splendid walls and housing a remarkable museum, had its origins.

In recent years economic success has changed the appearance of the city. Estates of modern town houses and villas have sprung up, hedged in by seemingly endless olive groves. Olives are the country's most important natural resource. The production and sale of olive oil is centred on Sousse.

Sousse's old city is also famous as a harbour and popular seaside resort. Mediterranean tourists can bathe in the sea almost all year round.

Initial contacts to Sousse were made in 1965 by young Tunisians who were studying in Brunswick. In May 1967 a folklore group from Sousse took part for the first time in the International Whitsun Youth Meeting in Brunswick. Since then there have been many group activities involving young people in both Brunswick and Sousse: sporting, artistic and folkloristic. There have also been several exhibitions in both cities. On 5 September 1980, in Sousse, representatives of both cities signed the twinning agreement, which replaced the friendship agreement in place since 1973.

The German-Tunisian Society and the Tunisian Union support this twinning. For instance, they collected charitable donations or, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the City of Sousse in 1984, they expressed their feelings of unity by presenting the city with a stone lion.

Activities

Sports, youth and cultural activites

Contact

Municipalité de Sousse
Service de Jumelages
Avenue Mohamed V
40000 Sousse/Tunesie