A recent survey conducted on behalf of the Tunisian government has shown a clear improvement in the standard of living of the country’s 9.6 million inhabitants. The figures were released at a press briefing conference held by the country’s economic development minister, Abdellatif Saddam.
This is the seventh time that such a survey had been carried out. According to the survey, average household spending of rose by seven percent per annum between the years 1995 and 2000, with an even higher 10 percent rise recorded in spending per household in rural areas. Spending per household averaged at 6,505 dinars ($4,502) in 2,000, up from 5,115 dinars in 1995.
Some 9.6 percent of the population spends less than 400 dinars per year, 28 percent spend between 400 and 800 dinars, 50.6 percent spend between 800 and 2,400 dinars, and 11.7 percent spend more than 2,400 dinars. According to the minister, the figures indicate that the middle class grew from 66 percent in 1995 to 80 percent in the year 2000. – (Albawaba-MEBG)
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