Economy: Impressive stability and development given limited natural resources and a large trade deficit. Tourism, textiles, olive oil and phosphates are the major foreign currency earners as the service industry increases.
Religion: Islam is the state religion. The government strongly maintains a secular tone; only a minority actively practice their faith, although this appears to be growing. Politicized Islam, which has been on the rise, is met with little tolerance by the state. Not favorable to any form of Christian proselytism, but tolerance shown to foreign religious minorities, and increasingly to native Christians.