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  1. Just six months ago, after a nine-month-long renovation, graphic designer Megan Garrett moved into this 1924 Spanish-style home in Altadena, California (just 14 miles from downtown Los Angeles). When it came time to decorate, Megan had just returned from an amazing trip through Africa (including Morocco) and came back with lots of inspiration (and a few goodies).
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  3. Few spaces could be more metaphoric of the identity of Morocco, with its multiple traces, straddling the Atlantic and Mediterranean, Africa and Europe (which is a mere 14 kilometres away), and the.
  • Land
  • People
    • Settlement patterns
  • Economy
  • Government and society
  • Cultural life
  • History
    • Decline of traditional government (1830–1912)
    • World War II and independence
    • Independent Morocco
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Research Associate Professor of Geography, Montana State University, Bozeman. Author of Moroccan Mirages: Agrarian Dreams and Deceptions, 1912–1986.
Alternative Title: Kingdom of Morocco

Morocco, mountainous country of western North Africa that lies directly across the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain.

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The traditional domain of indigenous peoples now collectively known as Berbers (self-name Imazighen; singular, Amazigh), Morocco has been subject to extensive migration and has long been the location of urban communities that were originally settled by peoples from outside the region. Controlled by Carthage from an early date, the region was later the westernmost province of the Roman Empire. Following the Arab conquest of the late 7th century ce, the broader area of North Africa came to be known as the Maghrib (Arabic: “the West”), and the majority of its people accepted Islam. Subsequent Moroccan kingdoms enjoyed political influence that extended beyond the coastal regions, and in the 11th century the first native Amazigh dynasty of North Africa, the Almoravids, gained control of an empire stretching from Andalusian (southern) Spain to parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Attempts by Europeans to establish permanent footholds in Morocco beginning in the late 15th century were largely repulsed, but the country later became the subject of Great Power politics in the 19th century. Morocco was made a French protectorate in 1912 but regained independence in 1956. Today it is the only monarchy in North Africa.

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Although the country is rapidly modernizing and enjoys a rising standard of living, it retains much of its ancient architecture and even more of its traditional customs. Morocco’s largest city and major Atlantic Ocean port is Casablanca, an industrial and commercial centre. The capital, Rabat, lies a short distance to the north on the Atlantic coast. Other port cities include Tangier, on the Strait of Gibraltar, Agadir, on the Atlantic, and Al-Hoceïma, on the Mediterranean Sea. The city of Fès is said to have some of the finest souks, or open-air markets, in all of North Africa. Scenic and fertile, Morocco well merits the praise of a native son, the medieval traveler Ibn Baṭṭūṭah, who wrote that “it is the best of countries, for in it fruits are plentiful, and running water and nourishing food are never exhausted.”

Land

Morocco borders Algeria to the east and southeast, Western Sahara to the south, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and the Mediterranean Sea to the north. It is the only African country with coastal exposure to both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Its area—excluding the territory of Western Sahara, which Morocco controls—is slightly larger than the U.S. state of California. Two small Spanish enclaves, Ceuta and Melilla, are situated on the country’s northern coast.

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Official name
Al-Mamlakah al-Maghribiyyah (Kingdom of Morocco)
Form of government
constitutional monarchy with two legislative houses (House of Councillors [1201]; House of Representatives [395])
Head of state
King: Muhammad VI
Head of government
Prime Minister2: Saadeddine El Othmani
Capital
Rabat
Official languages
Arabic; Tamazight2
Official religion
Islam
Monetary unit
Moroccan dirham (DH)
Population
(2019 est.) 35,020,000
Population rank
(2019) 39
Population projection 2030
38,923,000
Total area (sq mi)
169,827
Total area (sq km)
439,850
Density: persons per sq mi
(2018) 205.8
Density: persons per sq km
(2018) 79.5
Urban-rural population
Urban: (2018) 62.5%
Rural: (2018) 37.5%
Life expectancy at birth
Male: (2017) 74 years
Female: (2017) 80.3 years
Literacy: percentage of population age 15 and over literate
Male: (2015) 78.4%
Female: (2015) 58.7%
GNI (U.S.$ ’000,000)
(2017) 103,900
GNI per capita (U.S.$)
(2017) 2,860

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  • 1All seats indirectly elected.
  • 2Per constitutional reforms adopted by referendum in July 2011.
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