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Morocco

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Population:

34,343,220 (2008)

Land area:

446,300 sq. km.

Capital:

Rabat (pop. 1,220,000; 2005)

Economy:

In 2006, Morocco ranked 125th in the UNDP Human Development Index and 54th in total GDP, with a per capita GDP of $1,879.12. Public debt accounts for 67.4 percent of total GDP, while 15 percent of Moroccans are beneath the poverty line.

Main language(s):

Arabic, French

Monkey's name:

The Monkey has conflicting information regarding his Moroccan (Arabic) name. An Algerian friend tells the Monkey that his name is El Khard (el card). Other information, from the Middle East, suggests that the Arabic name for the Monkey is Maimun (my moon).

Fun fact:

Morocco asserts a claim on the large territory of Western Sahara to its south. Formerly a Spanish colony, the Western Sahara is one of the largest non-state areas left on the planet. After the Spanish withdrawal in 1976, Mauritania and Morocco took leading roles in the running of the territory. When the Western Saharan Polisario nationalist guerrillas took up arms against their occupying neighbors, Mauritania quickly ceded control of its portion of Western Sahara to Morocco. Meanwhile, the Polisario front and Moroccan troops continued fighting until a UN-brokered cease-fire in 1991, though the status of the Western Sahara remains ambiguous.

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