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Commune and town
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Country  Tunisia
Governorate Kef Governorate
Population (2014)
 • Total 9,807
Time zone CET (UTC+1)

Jérissa, also El-Jarissa, is a town and commune in the Kef Governorate, Tunisia. As of 2004 it had a population of 11,298.[1] It is located 51.7 kilometres (32.1 mi) by road east of the Algerian town of Ouenza.


The town was developed around the largest iron mine in Tunisia. Despite a downward trend in production, it still produces 120,000 tons of good quality iron ore as of 2005, 60 percent of Tunisia's iron production. In 1960, 1.033 million tons were mined at Jerissa.[2] The mine is operated by the Jebel Djerissa Company.


The festival of Sidi Yahia Jerissa is an annual event.


The Jerissa Football Club is a local football team.


See also


  1. (French) Recensement de 2004 (Institut national de la statistique)
  2. Spencer, William (1967). The land and people of Tunisia. Lippincott. p. 21. Retrieved 14 July 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>