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Country (long form) Kingdom of Morocco
Capital Rabat
Total Area 172,413.92 sq mi
446,550.00 sq km
(slightly larger than California)
Population 30,645,305 (July 2001 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050 50,871,553
Languages Arabic (official), Berber dialects, French often the language of business, government, and diplomacy
Literacy 43.7% total, 56.6% male, 31% female (1995 est.)
Religions Muslim 98.7%, Christian 1.1%, Jewish 0.2%
Life Expectancy 67.2 male, 71.76 female (2001 est.)
Government Type constitutional monarchy
Currency 1 Moroccan dirham (DH) = 100 centimes
GDP (per capita) $3,500 (2000 est.)
Industry phosphate rock mining and processing, food processing, leather goods, textiles, construction, tourism
Agriculture barley, wheat, citrus, wine, vegetables, olives; livestock
Arable Land 21%
Natural Resources phosphates, iron ore, manganese, lead, zinc, fish, salt
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Geography of Morocco

Morocco, or Kingdom of Morocco, a country of northwestern Africa. It is bordered by Algeria, Mauritania, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.

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History of Morocco

Northern Morocco was part of ancient Mauretania, annexed by Rome in 42 A.D. The Vandals invaded in 429 and were overthrown in 533.