The Kingdom of Morocco is the most westerly of the North African countries known as the Maghreb – the “Arab West”. It has Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines, a rugged mountain interior and a history of independence not shared by its neighbours.
Its rich culture is a blend of Arab, Berber, European and African influences.
Morocco was a French protectorate from 1912 to 1956, when Sultan Mohammed became king. He was succeeded in 1961 by his son, Hassan II, who ruled for 38 years and played a prominent role in the search for peace in the Middle East. He also ruthlessly suppressed domestic opposition.
The Beautiful Morocco You Have to Visit to Appreciate
- The Kingdom of Morocco
- Capital: Rabat
- Population 32.6 million
- Area 710,850 sq km (274,461 sq miles) (including W Sahara)
- Major languages Arabic and Berber (official), French, Spanish
- Major religion Islam
- Life expectancy 70 years (men), 75 years (women)
- Currency Dirham
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