Tunisian Socio-Economic Plans Paying Off
Socio-economic policies implemented by the government in 1994 have positive impacts on population growth, demographics, housing and utility services, according to a recent national survey of 130,000 families.
Al-Sahafa daily reports that the local population growth ratio dropped from 1.7 percent to 1.15 percent during the years 1994-1999. Furthermore, the local population grew from 8,785,700 to 9,442,900 during those years, with the average family size decreasing from 5.2 to 4.9 persons during the same period.
The survey also revealed that more people have housing. The number of available houses rose to 2,204,300 in 1999, up from 1,780,100 in 1994. The percentage of sheds and tents out of the overall available houses declined from 2.7 percent to 1.2 percent during the same period.
Moreover, the survey showed that 94.6 percent of the population had electricity in 1999 versus 85.9 percent in 1994. In terms of connection to drinking water, those with access jumped from 69.1 percent to 75.2 percent during the same five years.
Finally, the survey showed how the combination of rising living conditions and improving health services have expanded the population segment between the ages of 15 and 59. Presently, this age category constitutes 60.1% of the overall Tunisian population, compared with 56.9% in 1994. The population segment in the age category 0-4 years decreased from 11% to 9% during the same period. In addition, there has been a rise in the population segment in the age category above 60 years.
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