Morocco - Facts And Figures

In order to keep investors and homebuyers informed about any decision they make, this page looks at some bare facts. Here we have summarised some useful information on Morocco for potential homebuyers and property investors.


Research and Facts about Morocco

Data for Morocco collected from the CIA Factbook – Morocco

Country Name:

Kingdom of Morocco

Location:

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

Area:

446,550 sq km

land:

446,300 sq km

water:

250 sq km

Land Boundaries:

2,017.9 km s:

Border Countries:

Algeria 1,559 km, Western Sahara 443 km, Spain (Ceuta) 6.3 km, Spain (Melilla) 9.6 km

Coastline:

1,835 km

Climate:

Mediterranean, becoming more extreme in the interior

Terrain:

Northern coast and interior are mountainous with large areas of bordering plateaus, inter mountain valleys, and rich coastal plains

Geography:

Strategic location along Straits of Gibraltar

Population:

32,725,847 (July 2005 est.)

Age Structure:

0-14 Years:

32.1% (male 5,349,247/female 5,150,497)

15-64 Years:

63% (male 10,259,808/female 10,346,608)

65 Years and Over:

4.9% (male 708,921/female 910,766) (2005 est.)

Average Age:

Total:

23.61 years

Male:

23.11 years

Female:

24.13 years (2005 est.)

Ethnic Groups:

Arab-Berber 99.1%, other 0.7%, Jewish 0.2%

Religions:

Muslim 98.7%, Christian 1.1%, Jewish 0.2%

General

Languages:

Arabic (official), Berber dialects, French often the language of business, government, and diplomacy, English

Government

Type:

Constitutional monarchy

Capital:

Rabat

Provincial:

14 regions: Grand Casablanca, Chaouia-Ouardigha, Doukkala-Abda, Fes-Boulemane, Gharb-Chrarda-Beni Hssen, Guelmim-Es Smara, Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, Meknes-Tafilalet, Oriental, Rabat-Sale-Zemmour-Zaer, Souss-Massa-Draa, Tadla-Azilal, Tanger-Tetouan, Taza-Al Hoceima-Taounate
note: Morocco claims the territory of Western Sahara, the political status of which is considered undetermined by the United States Government; one additional region, Oued Eddahab-Lagouira, falls entirely within Western Sahara; another region, Laayoune-Boujdour-Sahia El Hamra, falls mostly within Western Sahara; a small portion of this region, in the southwestern part of the country, falls within Moroccan-administered territory as recognized by the United States; the province of Guelmim-Es Smara lies in both entities

Independence:

2 March 1956 (from France)

Economy

Currency:

Moroccan dirham (MAD)

Exchange Rates:

Moroccan dirhams per US dollar - 8.78 (2005), 8.868 (2004), 9.574 (2003), 11.021 (2002), 11.303 (2001)

GDP Growth Rate:

1.8% (2005 est.)

Labour Occupations:

agriculture 40%, industry 15%, services 45% (2003 est.)

Unemployment Rate:

10.5% (2005 est.)

Inflation Rate:

2.1% (2005 est.)

Agriculture Produce:

Barley, wheat, citrus, wine, vegetables, olives; livestock

Transportation

Railways:

Total: 1,907 km

Roads:

Total: 57,694 km

paved: 32,551 km (including 481 km of expressways)

unpaved: 25,143 km (2002)

Airports:

Total: 25
over 3,047 m: 11
2,438 to 3,047 m: 4
1,524 to 2,437 m: 8
914 to 1,523 m: 1
under 914 m: 1 (2005 est.)

Ports & Harbours:

Agadir, Casablanca, Mohammedia, Nador, Safi, Tangier

Communications

Mains Telephones:

1,219,200 (2003)

Mobile Telephones:

7,332,800 (2003)

Television Stations:

35 (plus 66 repeaters) (1995)

Internet Users:

630,000 (Est 2002)

Country Internet Code:

.ma

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