Morocco

Morocco
Flag of Morocco
Official language Arabic
Capital Rabat
Largest City Casablanca
King Mohammed VI
Prime Minister Driss Jettou
Area
 - Total
Ranked 56th
446,550 km²
Population
 - Total (2003)
 - Density
Ranked 36th
31,689,267
70/km²

Morocco is a country of northwest Africa and includes Western Sahara (under dispute). It has a long coastline on the Atlantic Ocean which reaches past the Strait of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea.

Table of contents
1 History
2 Politics
3 Geography
4 Other Topics
5 External links

History

Main article: History of Morocco

Morocco was a French protectorate from 1912, remaining a Kingdom, and achieved independence in 1956, and it took control over Tangier, formerly an international city. It annexed Western Sahara in the 1970s, but this has not been recognised by many nations.

Politics

Main article: Politics of Morocco

The King of Morocco is an active leader, although decreasingly so. Political parties are legal, and a plethora of them exist.

See also: List of political parties in Morocco

Geography

Geography of Morocco

Neighbouring countries are Mauritania to the southwest and Algeria to the east and southeast (the Algerian border is closed [1]). There are also two Spanish enclaves on the Mediterranean coast: Ceuta and Melilla. Off the Atlantic coast are the Canary Islands and Madeira and across the Mediterranean to the north is Spain.

The capital city is Rabat. Its largest city is Casablanca.

Other cities include Agadir, Dakhla, Essaouira, Fes, Laayoune, Marrakech, Meknes, Oujda, Safi, Smara, Tanger, Tiznit, Salè and Tan-Tan.

Other Topics

External links

Morocco's Ministry of Communication offers a page with mp3s of traditional Moroccan music here.

Political, Social and Geographical Facts are given on a German Page: Erdkunde-Online

map of cities

Much of the material in these articles comes from the CIA World Factbook 2000 and the 2002 U.S. Department of State website.


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