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Morocco

The Kingdom of Morocco is located in the north westernmost tip of Africa, South of Spain, across a narrow strip of the Mediterranean. At approximately 172,400 square miles, Morocco is just bigger than California, boasts two coastlines and a very diverse physical geography and climate. The current population of approximately 30 million is an Arab-Berber ethnic melt with an ever dwindling number of Moroccan Sephardi Jews. Most Moroccans speak varieties of Arabic and/or Berber. French is used in the media alongside Modern Standard Arabic as a semi-official auxiliary language. Morocco is a constitutional hereditary monarchy with a partially elected government. The monarch bears the title “Commander of the Faithful” and claims Muhammadan descent.

Morocco has two Catholic dioceses. The primary one, the Diocese of Rabat, administers more than 30 parishes across the country, and provides an official count of 25,000 baptized Catholics in Morocco.

Sunni Islam is Morocco's state religion. Unless Jewish-born, all Moroccan citizens are judicially treated as Sunni Muslim even if they adopt other faiths.

Demographics

  • 1.United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Urbanization Prospects, 2014.
  • 2.United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Trends in International Migrant Stock: The 2015 revision.
  • 3.United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, Homicide Statistics 2015.
  • 4.Transparency International, Corruption Perceptions Index 2016.
  • 5.UNICEF, State of the World's Children, 2016.
  • 6.Statistical Yearbook of the Church, 2015. Vatican City: Librera Editrice Vaticana, 2017.
  • 7.World Economic Forum, The Global Gender Gap Report, 2016.