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map of Morocco

Country name:

conventional long form: Kingdom of Morocco
conventional short form: Morocco
local long form: Al Mamlakah al Maghribiyah
local short form: Al Maghrib

 

Capital:

Rabat. Population: 1.6 million (2005).
 

 

Location:

Northern Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, between Algeria and Western Sahara

 

Area:

710,850 sq km (274,461 sq miles).

 

 

Description:

Morocco is located on the westernmost tip of north Africa, bordering Algeria to the east, Mauritania and the disputed territory of Western Sahara to the southwest and southeast, the Atlantic ocean to the west and the Mediterranean to the north.

Running through the middle of the country is the Atlas mountain range.The Middle Atlas range sweeps up from the south, rising to over 3,000m (9,850ft), covered with woodlands of pine, oak and cedar, open pastureland and small lakes. The Rif Mountains run along the north coast. Often snow-covered in winter, Morocco's mountains are home to the country's significant indigenous Berber population.

The long stretch of Atlantic coast down Morocco's western side features cool breezes and long sandy beaches. It is separated from the mountainous region by wide swathes of fertile plains. To the north, is the Mediterranean coast, just a stone's throw from Europe.

In the south of the country, the Sahara is the largest desert in the world. Far from being featureless, it is dotted with fascinating traditional villages and cool oases.
 

 

Population:

31.6 million (2008).

 

Languages:

The official language is Arabic.

 

Climate:

The Moroccan climate varies according to season and region. The coast has a warm, Mediterranean climate tempered on the eastern coast by southwest trade winds. Inland areas have a hotter, drier, continental climate. In the south of the country, the weather is very hot and dry throughout most of the year, though temperatures can drop dramatically at night, especially in the months of December and January. Rain falls from November to March in coastal areas, and the country is mostly dry with high temperatures in summer and a cooler climate in the mountains. Marrakech and Agadir enjoy an average temperature of 21?�C (70??F) in the winter.

Economy - overview:

T
he service industry, including a booming tourism sector now worth well over US$2 billion annually, accounts for 60% of the GDP. Remittances from Moroccans living abroad (mostly in Europe) are another major source of revenue. With the recent reductions in public sector employment, unemployment reached the double digits, and in urban areas is estimated as high as 20%. However, unemployment dropped slightly in 2008 to an overall rate of 9.6%, and growth has continued to increase steadily in recent years.

As many as 40% of the working population is still employed in agriculture, growing cereals, vegetables and citrus fruits, and fishing remains another vital field. Industry accounts for around a quarter of GDP, of which the textile and garment industry employs a rapidly growing number of Moroccan women as well as generating export income. Mining also generates revenue for Morocco, which is the world's largest exporter of phosphates. Although Morocco has small oil and gas reserves, it must import the bulk of its needs.

The Moroccan government entered a free trade agreement with the US in 2006 and signed a trade agreement with the EU in 1995 to gradually eliminate tariffs. As of 2005, Morocco became the largest single recipient of aid from the EU. In 2008, the IMF congratulated King Mohammed VI and Morocco on being a shining economic light in the region, making particular mention of its steady and continued economic growth.

http://www.worldtravelguide.net/country/180/business/Africa/Morocco.html


Economy:

The service industry, including a booming tourism sector now worth well over US$2 billion annually, accounts for 60% of the GDP. Remittances from Moroccans living abroad (mostly in Europe) are another major source of revenue. With the recent reductions in public sector employment, unemployment reached the double digits, and in urban areas is estimated as high as 20%. However, unemployment dropped slightly in 2008 to an overall rate of 9.6%, and growth has continued to increase steadily in recent years.

As many as 40% of the working population is still employed in agriculture, growing cereals, vegetables and citrus fruits, and fishing remains another vital field. Industry accounts for around a quarter of GDP, of which the textile and garment industry employs a rapidly growing number of Moroccan women as well as generating export income. Mining also generates revenue for Morocco, which is the world's largest exporter of phosphates. Although Morocco has small oil and gas reserves, it must import the bulk of its needs.

The Moroccan government entered a free trade agreement with the US in 2006 and signed a trade agreement with the EU in 1995 to gradually eliminate tariffs. As of 2005, Morocco became the largest single recipient of aid from the EU. In 2008, the IMF congratulated King Mohammed VI and Morocco on being a shining economic light in the region, making particular mention of its steady and continued economic growth.

http://www.worldtravelguide.net/country/180/business/Africa/Morocco.html


Industries:

phosphate rock mining and processing, food processing, leather goods, textiles, construction, tourism

 

Exports:

Clothing, electrical components, fish, fruit and vegetables.

Imports:

Crude petroleum, textile fabric, telecommunications equipment, wheat and plastics.

• Main trade partners: France, Spain, UK, Italy and India.

Exchange rates:

Moroccan Dirham (MAD; symbol Dh) = 100 centimes. Notes are in denominations of Dh200, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of Dh10, 5 and 1, and 50, 20, 10 and 5 centimes.

http://www.worldtravelguide.net/country/180/money/Africa/Morocco.html


GDP :
US$90.5 billion (2008).
 

 

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