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Morocco Facts & Figures

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Land area: 172,317 sq mi (446,301 sq km)
Total area: 172,413 sq mi (446,550 sq km)
Population (2009 est.): 34,859,364
Capital (2003 est.): Rabat, 1,636,600
Largest cities: Casablanca, 3,397,000; Fez, 941,800; Marrakech, 755,200
Currency: Dirham
Language: Arabic (official); French often used for business
Religion: Islam 99%, Christian 1%
Time zone: GMT (no daylight saving time)
Electricity: 220 AC (two-pin "Europlag" is used)

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Morocco is situated in North Africa, has a coastline on both the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. It borders with Mauritania to the south, Algeria to the east and the Spanish North African territories of Ceuta and Melilla on the Mediterranean coast in the north.

The terrain of the south and center of the country is dominated by The Atlas Mountains, running northeastward from the south to the Algerian border. The average elevation of Atlas Mountains is 3,353 m (11,000 ft) and its highest peak is Jebel Toukbal, at 4,165 m (13,665 ft). The Rif Mountains, in the north of the country, run along the Mediterranean coast. A large part of the southeast region is sparsely populated and features desert landscapes of the Sahara.

The country is one of Africa's most popular travel destinations, mostly thanks to plenty of great beaches as well as a number of fascinating old cities.

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