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Country name conventional long form: Kingdom of Morocco
conventional short form: Morocco
local long form: Al Mamlakah al Maghribiyah
local short form: Al Maghrib
Gevernment typeconstitutional monarchy
Capital name: Rabat
geographic coordinates: 34 02 N, 6 51 W
time difference: UTC 0 (5 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Flag descriptionred with a green pentacle (five-pointed, linear star) known as Sulayman's (Solomon's) seal in the center of the flag; red and green are traditional colors in Arab flags, although the use of red is more commonly associated with the Arab states of the Persian gulf; design dates to 1912
CurrencyMoroccan dirham (MAD)
Internet country
Ports and terminalsAgadir, Casablanca, Mohammedia, Nador, Safi, Tangier
Agriculture productsbarley, wheat, citrus, wine, vegetables, olives; livestock
Industriesphosphate rock mining and processing, food processing, leather goods, textiles, construction, tourism
LocationNorthern Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, between Algeria and Western Sahara
Coordinates32 00 N, 5 00 W
Area total: 446,550 sq km
land: 446,300 sq km
water: 250 sq km
Boundaries total: 2,017.9 km
border countries: Algeria 1,559 km, Western Sahara 443 km, Spain (Ceuta) 6.3 km, Spain (Melilla) 9.6 km
Coastline1,835 km
ClimateMediterranean, becoming more extreme in the interior
Terrainnorthern coast and interior are mountainous with large areas of bordering plateaus, intermontane valleys, and rich coastal plains
Natural resourcesphosphates, iron ore, manganese, lead, zinc, fish, salt
Natural hazardsnorthern mountains geologically unstable and subject to earthquakes; periodic droughts
Population33,241,259 (July 2006 est.)
Ethnic groupsArab-Berber 99.1%, other 0.7%, Jewish 0.2%
ReligionsMuslim 98.7%, Christian 1.1%, Jewish 0.2%
LanguagesArabic (official), Berber dialects, French often the language of business, government, and diplomacy

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