Migrant dies in attempt to reach Spanish enclave

An African migrant was killed on Thursday when Moroccan police fired warning shots to stop 80 illegal migrants trying to reach Spain's North African...

Zidane and Ronaldo fight poverty

Soccer stars Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo of France and Brazil respectively have played an all-star friendly match to fight poverty in Morocco on...

Morocco uses new technology to fight drug trafficking

Notorious for its role in cannabis production, Morocco has stepped up its fight against the drug trade, both domestic and international. With help...
Owner and manager of Moroccan ...

Owner and manager of Moroccan factory arrested over 55 fatality fire

Police have arrested the owner of a mattress factory in Hay Hassini, Casablanca, Morocco which burned down in a disaster that claimed 55 lives. His...
55 people died in a Casablanca...

55 people died in a Casablanca mattress factory fire

55 people were killed today after a mattress factory in Casablanca, Morocco was swept by fire. The fire initiated on the ground floor this morning...
Royal pardon for Moroccan demo...

Royal pardon for Moroccan demonstrators

Eight men convicted of undermining the monarchy in Morocco last year have been released after they were pardoned by the King on Friday, 4 April. Nine...

Official Name: Kingdom of Morocco
National Name: al-Mamlaka al-Maghrebia


Capital: Rabat
Major Towns: Casablanca, Rabat, El Jadida, Agadir, Tarfaya, Marrakech
Location (geographical coordinates/latitude and longitude): Rabat: 34°02'N, 6°51'W
Time Zone: UTC
Size (Land and Sea): 446,550 km², Water: negligible
Borders with Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Algeria, Spain, Mauritania
Elevation extremes: Lowest point : Sebkha Tah -55 m, highest point: Jebel Toubkal 4,165 m 

Morocco is the only African country that is not currently a member of the African Union.
Head of State: King: Mohammed VI, Prime Minister: Driss Jettou.
Form of Government Constitutional monarchy
Independancy (from France): March 2, 1956 , from Spain: April 7, 1956
Currency: Moroccan Dirham

Main industries: Morocco's largest industry is the mining of phosphates. Its second largest source of income is from nationals living abroad who transfer money to relatives living in Morocco. The country's third largest source of revenue is tourism.
Other industries: Food processing, leather goods, textiles, construction
Natural resources: phosphates, iron ore, manganese, lead, zinc, fish, salt
Agriculture: barley, wheat, citrus, wine, vegetables, olives; livestock
Population and People  

Population: 33,757,175 (2007 est.); 33,241,259 (2005 est.)
Population density per sq mi: 196
Growth rate: 1.5% (2007 est.)
Birth rate: 21.6.69 births/1,000 population (2007 est.)
Total fertility rate: 2.62 children born/woman (2007 est.)
Infant mortality rate: 38.9/1000
Religion: Muslim 98.7%, Christian 1.1%, Jewish 0.2%
Languages: Arabic, French, Spanish, Berber
Ethnic groups / Tribes: Arab-Berber 99.1%, other 0.7%, Jewish 0.2%
Age structure: 0-14 years: 31% (male 5,339,730/female 5,140,482); 15-64 years: 63.9% (male 10,750,240/female 10,815,470); 65 years and over: 5.1% (male 740,686/female 970,567) (2007 est.)
Life expectancy: 71.2
Literacy: Total population: 43.7%, male: 56.6%, female: 31% (1995 est.)