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The Kingdom of Morocco


Official name: The Kingdom of Morocco (al-Mamlakah al-Maghribiyah, or al-Maghrib)

Morocco, with Rabat as its capital, is situated on the eastern coast of the Atlantic Ocean and the southern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, bordering Mauritania, Algeria, and Spain, although the Mauritanian and Algerian frontiers are contested, as they incorporate the territory of the former colony of Spanish Sahara, or Western Sahara, as its liberation movement calls it. Morocco’s surface area is 446,550 square kilometres, making it roughly the size of Iraq or California. Occupied Western Sahara included (266,000 square kilometres), its surface totals 712,550 square kilometres. Morocco’s population was 32.2 million inhabitants in 2011 (World Bank). The main language is Arabic, and Berber (Tamazight) is also an official language. French is widely spoken. Nearly all Moroccans are Sunni Muslims, of the Maliki school of law. Officially, Morocco is a constitutional monarchy with a multi-party system, governed through the bicameral National Assembly. The Constitution states that Islam is the state religion but guarantees religious freedom. The head of state must be a Muslim and a member of the Alaouite family.

Further Reading

Page with a chronological overview of the country file articles published on the Chronicle website.
The Moroccan Kingdom enjoys a geographic location that enabled it to play prestigious historic, civil, cultural and scientific roles over time. This country was a bridge for civilizations between north, south, east and west of the...
Basic facts and figures involving the politics, geography, economics, and population of Morocco
Analysis of the geography of Morocco: state borders, climate, biodiversity, land fertility, nature reserves and environmental issues.
Overview of governance in Morocco: the monarchy, the executive, the legislative, the legal system, local government, military and police.
The concept of human rights has become a well-known and widely accepted term to use. An overview of human rights in Morocco.
Analysis of the development of the Moroccan economy and its sectors.
Estimates in 2017 showed that Moroccan society is youthful, with 25.77 per cent of the population aged 14 of under, 42.81 per cent is below the age of 25, 42.32 per cent is aged between 25-54, 8.14 per cent is 55-64 and 6.74 per c...
The Moroccan population is almost entirely Sunni Muslim, though this has not always been true. While Christianity has been confined almost entirely to expatriate residents, there was a historically important Jewish community that ...
Faces of influential people of Morocco, people that are/were Morocco's game changers.

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