20 Facts About Morocco 

In this post, I’ve shared some of the interesting facts about Morocco.

Morocco is the northernmost country in Africa. It shares borders with Algeria.  It has a population of around 38 million people and covers an area of 446,300 km2.

Rabat is Morocco’s capital city and the country’s seventh largest city, with a population of around 1.6 million people.

Casablanca is Morocco’s largest city located on the Atlantic coast of the Chaouia plain in the central-western region.

The official and prevalent religion is Islam, with more than 99 % Sunni Muslim and less than 0.1 Shia Muslim.

Morocco has a number of languages. The two official languages, however, are Arabic and Berber. French is commonly spoken as well. Many Moroccans also speak Spanish as a result of historical t trade ties with Spain, particularly in the northern regions near Tetouan .

Morocco is a relatively stable and  peaceful country. It has Africa‘s fifth-largest economy. It is a member of the Arab League, the Union for the Mediterranean, and the African Union, and is recognized as a middle power in global affairs.

Morocco is a semi-constitutional unitary monarchy with an elected parliament. The King of Morocco and the prime minister lead the executive branch, while the two chambers of parliament, the House of Representatives and the House of Councillors, have legislative power. The king has executive and legislative power, particularly over the military, foreign policy, and religious matters.

Morocco is derived from the name of the city of Marrakesh, which was the previous capital and is today the fourth largest city in  Morocco.

Morocco was the first country to recognize United States as an independent nation in 1777, and the Moroccan–American Treaty of Friendship, signed in 1786, is the United States’ oldest non-broken friendship treaty.

Morocco has a coast on the Atlantic Ocean that extends through the Strait of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea. It also has a land border with Spain to the north, a water border across the Strait of Gibraltar

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Agadir City major city in Morocco, on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean

Morocco is the only African country with both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. The other two countries are European. Spain and France

Morocco is largely mountainous. The Atlas Mountains are mostly found in the country’s centre and south. The Rif Mountains are found in the country’s northwestern corner.

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Ait Ben Haddou on the hillside in the high Atlas mountain chain, Ouarzazate region, Morocco

Morocco has a typical Mediterranean climate, with moderate, rainy winters and hot, dry summers, especially around the coast. November through March is the wet season, with an average yearly rainfall of 1,200 mm. The south is substantially dryer, with an average annual rainfall of only 100 millimeters.

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Morocco’s King is Mohammed VI. He is a member of the ‘Alawi family and succeeded to the throne following the death of his father, King Hassan II, on July 23, 1999.

Morocco is structured into 12 regions, each of which is further divided into 62 provinces and 13 prefectures.

Morocco faces human rights challenges, with various laws restricting the freedoms of peaceful expression, association, and assembly. The authorities continue to prosecute anyone who criticizes the government or the king in print or online media. Morocco authorities detained, prosecuted, and imprisoned many activists and independent journalists on dubious allegations, including sex outside of marriage, according to the human Rights Watch 2020 report. Some of these trials looked to be politically motivated or did not provide all parties with due process.

In Morocco, homosexual activities and premarital sex are both illegal and punishable by six months to three years in prison. Article 220 of the Moroccan Penal Code makes it unlawful to evangelize for any faith other than Islam, and it carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in jail.

One of the most important sectors of the Moroccan economy is tourism. It has a well-developed tourist economy that is centered on the country’s coast, culture, and history. After the phosphate industry, tourism is Morocco’s second major source of foreign exchange. Marrakesh Medina, Chefchaouen, Erg Chebbi’s Dunes, Fes el Bali, Ait Ben Haddou, Essaouira, Volubilis, Dades Valley, and Rif Mountains are among Morocco’s top tourist attractions.

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Desert |The Sand Dunes

Agriculture accounts for almost 15% of Morocco’s GDP and employs around 45 percent of the country’s workforce when coupled with fisheries and forestry. 

Moroccan cuisine is often regarded as one of the most diverse in the world. The tremendous variety, excellent seasoning, and creative ingredient combinations will not disappoint. one of the most famous dishes. Beef or chicken is stewed with a variety of vegetables placed high over steamed couscous grains.

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Couscous, Vegetable Meat, Recipe

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