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Morocco shares small borders with Spain by the Spanish exclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, it has borders with Mauritania in the the Moroccan-controlled part of Western Sahara, and it shares maritime borders with Portugal.
Morocco covers an area of 446,550 km² (excluding Western Sahara) making it slightly smaller than Sweden or slightly larger than California.
The country has a population of 34.8 million (in 2017); capital city is Rabat, largest city is Casablanca.
Kingdom of Morocco | Al Mamlakah al-Maghribiyah
Morocco's long struggle for independence from France ended in 1956. The internationalized city of Tangier was turned over to the new country that same year.
Morocco virtually annexed Western Sahara during the late 1970s, but final resolution on the status of the territory remains unresolved.
Gradual political reforms in the 1990s resulted in the establishment of a bicameral legislature in 1997.
Morocco is a member state of the League of Arab States
border countries: Algeria, (Mauritania) Western Sahara, Spain
related countries: France
Al Mamlakah al-Maghribiyah
short form: Arabic: المغرب, al-Maġrib
int'l long form: Kingdom of Morocco
int'l short form: Morocco
ISO Country Code: ma
Local Time = UTC +0h (no UTC/GMT offset)
Actual Time: Mon-Dec-11 03:53
Country Calling Code: +212
Capital City: Rabat
Other Cities: Agadir, Casablanca, Fez, Marrakech, Meknes, Tangier (Tanger), Tetouan
Type: Constitutional Monarchy.
Independence: 2 March 1956 (from France).
Location: Northern Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.
Area: 446,550 km² (172,413 sq. mi.)
(The disputed territory of Western Sahara comprises another 267,000 km² or 102,700 sq. mi.).
Terrain: Coastal plains, mountains, desert.
Climate: Mediterranean, more extreme in the interior.
Population: 34.8 million (2017)
GNI per capita PPP: $ 4 444 (year)
Ethnic groups: Arab, Berber, mixed Arab-Berber.
Languages: Arabic (official), several Berber dialects; French, usually the language of business, government, and diplomacy.
Natural resources: Phosphates, iron ore, manganese, lead, zinc, fish, salt.
Agriculture products: Barley, wheat, citrus, wine, vegetables, olives; livestock.
Industries: Phosphate rock mining and processing, food processing, leather goods, textiles, construction, tourism.
Currency: Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
Exports - commodities: clothing and textiles, automobiles, electric components, inorganic chemicals, transistors, crude minerals, fertilizers (including phosphates), petroleum products, citrus fruits, vegetables, fish
Exports - partners: Spain 22.1%, France 19.7%, India 4.9%, USA 4.3%, Italy 4.3% (2015)
Imports - commodities: crude petroleum, textile fabric, telecommunications equipment, wheat, gas and electricity, transistors, plastics
Imports - partners: Spain 13.9%, France 12.4%, China 8.5%, USA 6.5%, Germany 5.8%, Italy 5.5%, Russia 4.4%, Turkey 4.3% (2015)
Morocco in Figures
Morocco key statistical data.
Official Sites of MoroccoNote: External links will open in a new browser window.
The Moroccan Prime Ministry (in French and arabic)
La Chambre des Representants - Parlement du Maroc
The Parliament of Morocco (in Arabic and English).
Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication - Kingdom of Morocco
Official Morocco information site by the Ministry of Culture and Communication (in Arabic and French).
The national portal of Morocco.
Moroccan Sahara Portal, '40 years of progress' in Morocco's occupied part of the Western Sahara.
Ministere des Affaires Etrangeres et de la Cooperation
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.
Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Morocco to the UN
Morocco's representation to the United Nations.
Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in the US
Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Washington D.C.
Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Seoul
Moroccan Embassies & Consulates abroad
Address list of Embassies & Consulates of Morocco.
Diplomatic corps & Consular accredited in Morocco
Address list of Foreign Diplomatic Missions in Morocco.
Haut-commissariat au Plan
Offers information about Morocco's statistical figures (in French only).
Morocco in Figures
Morocco key statistical data.
Map of Morocco
Political Map of Morocco.
Administrative Map of Morocco
Map of Morocco showing regions and préfectures of Morocco with capital cities.
Google Earth Morocco
Searchable map/satellite view of Morocco.
Google Earth Rabat
Searchable map/satellite view of Morocco's capital city.
Google Earth Casablanca
Searchable map/satellite view of Morocco's largest city.
Google Earth Marrakesh
Searchable map/satellite view of Morocco's former imperial capital city.
Google Earth Tangier
Searchable map/satellite view of the portcity of Tangier.
Map of Northern Africa and the Middle East
Political Map of of North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East.
Political Map of Africa
The 54 countries of Africa.
Map of Africa
A Relief Map of Africa.
Paris-based Reporters Without Borders notes "a slow but steady decline in media freedom in Morocco/Western Sahara. In Morocco, the kingdom’s authorities use political and economic pressure to deter local independent media outlets from covering highly sensitive subjects".
Moroccan News in French:
National and international news.
Aujourd'hui Le Maroc
Morocco related and international news.
Weekly economic news magazine.
Maroc Hebdo International
Moroccan weekly news (in French).
Moroccan portal and site (in French).
Maghreb Arabe Presse
The Moroccan government news agency (in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish)
Morocco World News
Middle East and North Africa region news (in English).
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Arts & Culture
Essaouira Gnaoua and World Music Festival
The Gnawa and World Music Festival of Essaouira is a yearly event for Gnawa and Jazz music.
Festival de Fès des musiques sacrées du monde
Fez Festival of the World Sacred Music.
The Master Musicians of Jajouka
The musicians of Jajouka are the keepers of one of the oldest and most unique surviving musical traditions.
This page is here to promote the traditional music of Morocco.
Moroccan Cinematographic Center
Film shooting in Morocco.
Business & Economy
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Travel and Tour Consumer Information
Destination Morocco - Travel and Tour Guides
Cities: Agadir (city on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean has a Timitar festival), Casablanca (Hassan II Mosque, largest mosque in Morocco); Essaouira (port city and resort); Fes (the country’s cultural capital, the Medina of Fez is a UNESCO World Heritage Site); Ifrane (city with an Alpine climate);
Marrakesh (old center of Marrakech, Koutoubia Mosque, Saadian Tombs, Bahia Palace, El Badi Palace, Majorelle Garden, Menara gardens, Jemaa el-Fnaa square); Meknès (Bou Inania Madrasa);
Rabat (Kasbah of the Udayas, a 12th century kasbah, Chellah, a fortified Muslim necropolis), Hassan Tower (minaret), Rabat Archaeological Museum;
Tangier (medina of Tangier, Dar el Makhzen palace), and Tétouan.
Atlas Mountains (Mountain range across northwestern Africa with Toubkal, the highest peak in Morocco); Rif (mountainous region); Ouzoud Falls (spectacular waterfall), Todgha Gorge (canyon in the High Atlas), Souss-Massa National Park (national park on the Atlantic coast), Dadès Gorges (scenic route), Oukaïmeden (Moroccan style ski resort in the Atlas mountains)
Find accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, biking, hiking, climbing, cruising, diving, tours and much more.
Office National Marocain du Tourisme
Official tourism information
A tourist guide to Morocco.
The city of Essaouira "la Blanche".
Sanhaja, Masmoda, and Zenata are the three tribes constituting the Berbers - a Berber culture portal site.
Image: Michal Osmenda
Al Akhawayn University
University in the city of Ifrane, founded 1994.
Université Hassan II
Faculté des Sciences et Techniques Mohammadia, City of Mohammadia (in French).
Université Mohammed I
Mohammed First University, City of Oujda.
Université Mohammed V
Ecole Mohammadia d'Ingénieurs, founded in 1959, Agdal-Rabat.
Image: Mikael Parkvall
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Environment & Nature
Fondation Mohammed VI pour la Protection de l'Environnement
Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment.
Office National de l'Eau Potable
National office of drinking water (in French).
High Atlas Foundation
Organization whose aim is to establish community-based projects in Morocco that local people design and manage.
Image: Annabel Symington
History of Morocco - Discover an Ancient Land
Major events in Moroccan history.
History of Morocco
Wikipedia: Morocco History.
Sources and additional Information on Morocco
Amnesty International: Morocco
BBC Country Profile: Morocco
The Heritage Foundation: Morocco
Human Rights Watch: Morocco
Reporters Without Borders: Morocco
The World Factbook -- Morocco
Other Countries of Northern Africa
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Major Cities in Northern Africa
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Port Said, Rabat, Tangier, Tobruk, Tripoli, Tunis
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