Religion in Tunisia

Tunisia is somewhat diverse with its religions. Although Islam is recognized in Tunisia as the state religion there are several other religious groups. Roman Catholics, Jews, Greek Orthodox, and Protestants are some other religions found in Tunisia. These religious groups are small but promised their rights of practicing their religion by Tunisian government. The second most common belief in Tunisia besides Islam is atheism, the belief that there are no gods.
Freedom of religion – The Constitution of Tunisia provides for freedom of religion and the freedom to practice the rites of one’s religion unless they disturb the public order; however, the Government imposes some restrictions on this right. The Constitution declares the country’s determination to adhere to the teachings of Islam and stipulates that Islam is the official state religion and that the President must be Muslim. The Government does not permit the establishment of political parties on the basis of religion and prohibits efforts to proselytize Muslims. It restricts the wearing of Islamic headscarves (hijab) in government offices, and discourages women from wearing the hijab on public streets and at certain public gatherings. Although changing religions is legal, there is great societal pressure against conversion of Muslims to other religions.
The Government allows a small number of foreign religious charitable nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to operate and provide social services.