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officially known as the Kingdom of Morocco (Arabic: المملكة المغربية‎‎ al-Mamlakah al-Maghribiyah, lit. “The Western Kingdom”; Berber: ⵜⴰⴳⵍⴷⵉⵜ ⵏ ⵍⵎⴰⵖⵔⵉⴱ Tageldit n Lmaɣrib), is a sovereign country located in the Maghreb region of North Africa. Geographically, Morocco is characterized by a rugged mountainous interior and large portions of desert. It has Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. It is the only African country to have both an Atlantic and a Mediterranean coastline.

 



Morocco has a population of over 33.8 million and an area of 446,550 km2 (172,410 sq mi). Its capital isRabat, and the largest city is Casablanca. Other major cities include Marrakesh, Tangier, Tetouan, Salé,Fes, Agadir, Meknes,

Old Morocco Village on Hill Morocco

Oujda, Kenitra, and Nador. A historically prominent regional power, Morocco has a history of independence not shared by its neighbours. Since the foundation of the first Moroccan state by Idris I in 789, the country has been ruled by a series of independent dynasties, reaching its zenith under the Almoravid and Almohad dynasty,

 

spanning parts of Iberia and Northwestern Africa. Marinidand Saadi dynasties continued the struggle against foreign domination, and Morocco remained the only North-African country to avoid Ottoman occupation. The Alaouite dynasty, the current ruling dynasty, seized power in 1666. In 1912 Morocco was divided into French and Spanish protectorates, with aninternational zone in Tangier, and regained its independence in 1956. Moroccan culture is a blend ofArab, indigenous Berber, Sub-Saharan African, and European influences.