Morocco Facts for Kids
Here are some interesting Morocco facts which were chosen and researched by kids especially for kids.
- Population: 35 million people (2020)
- Capital: Rabat with 1.8 million inhabitants
- Name: Kingdom of Morocco
- Government: Parliamentary Monarchy
- Language: Arabic and Tamazight (Berber) are official languages, while French is often spoken
- Religion: Muslim 99% (Sunni)
- Currency: 1 Moroccan Dirham = 100 Centimes
- National Day: 30 July (Throne Day remembers the ascension of King Mohammed VI)
- National Animal: lion, pentacle (five pointed star which is also known as Solomon's seal)
- National Colours: red and green
- National Anthem: The Cherifian Anthem - listen here
- Chief of State: King Mohammed VI (since 1999)
- History: Morocco gained independence from France in 1956.
Morocco Facts | Morocco Map
Morocco is located on the African continent. The North African country borders the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.
Morocco borders three countries: Algeria and Spain via the two Spanish enclaves Ceuta and Melilla as well as Western Sahara.
On the map you can see the neighbouring countries and the location of the country's capital city Rabat.
Map of Morocco
Spain lies across the Straits of Gibraltar to the North of the country.
The territory of Western Sahara is partly occupied and annexed by Morocco since 1975, however, Western Sahara is recognised by most countries as an independent country.
A flight to Morocco takes about 4-hours flight from the UK and it takes about 15-hours to fly from New York/USA.
Morocco is slightly bigger than California/USA or a bit smaller than twice the size of the UK.
The fertile coastal regions are bordered by the high Rif mountains in the North and the Atlas mountains that are separating the western coastal region from the Sahara desert.
- Morocco's highest point is Jebel Toupkal, with 4 165 m or 13 664 ft. This is also the highest mountain in Northern Africa.
- Morocco's longest river is the Dra with 1 100 km/683 miles in length.
- The largest city in Morocco is Casablanca with 3.5 million inhabitants.
- The lowlands have mild coastal climate while the interior experiences a harsh desert climate.
Tourist Attractions in Morocco
The 'Red City' of Marrakech in Morocco
- Marrakech: This vibrant Moroccan city is Africa's "Capital of Culture" in 2020. Also known as the 'Red City', Marrakech has plenty of souks (markets), old walls and gates and gardens as well as market squares. The Jamaa el-Fnaa is said to be Africa's largest market square.
Jamaa el Fnaa - Market in Marrakech
- Rabat: Morocco's capital is a quirky seaside city with many modern buildings as well as French colonial buildings. Here you will also find the picturesque Kasbah of the Udayas which was built in the 11th century.
Rabat - the capital city of Morocco
- Casablanca's most famous building and the best known landmark of Morocco is the Hassan II Mosque. This is the second largest mosque in Africa (after the Djama El Djazair mosque in Algiers was finished in 2019) and one of the ten largest mosques in the world.
Morocco's Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca
- Fez: Formerly the country's capital, this city is known for its huge ancient medina, medieval streets and numerous leather tanning factories. A medina is the walled-in city centre which includes markets, shops, eateries and housing.
Medina of Fez in Morocco
- Chefchaouen is known as the 'Blue City' and has a lovely relaxed feel with blue and whitewashed houses and the Atlas mountains as a backdrop.
Chefchaouen is known as the Blue City in Morocco
- Sahara desert dunes: A desert safari is a great way to experience the impressive sand dunes and marvel at the clear starry skies at night.
Sahara trekking with Berbers in Morocco
- Mountain trekking in the Rif Mountains or the High Atlas Mountains is another great way to come in contact with locals.
Morocco Economy | Morocco Facts
The economy in Morocco is mainly driven by agriculture, mining, the tourism and textiles industries.
Morocco fabric market
Mining plays an important role in Morocco. The main resources are phosphates, iron ore and zinc.
Argan oil is a plant oil that is extracted from the seeds of the Argan tree that grow abundantly in Morocco. Argan oil is used as a beauty oil in skincare and haircare and is also used in food.
Moroccan Argan oil
The main trading partners of Morocco are Spain and France.
The major cities in Morocco are Casablanca, Rabat, Fez, Tangiers and Marrakech.
Two out of three Moroccans live in urban areas, such as the capital city or in larger towns. The eastern parts of the country are only very sparsely populated.
Fruit vendors in the Fez medina - image by Dino Geromella
In rural areas, many people are poor, unemployed and some older people are illiterate. Literacy rates constantly improved vastly over the last decade and today, about 75% of the adult population can read and write properly.
Children go to primary school for six years, then they move on to middle school and high school. Nine years of basic education for children from 6 - 15 years are free and compulsory. Drop out rates from middle and high school are still high, especially in rural areas.
The most popular sports in Morocco are soccer (football) and athletics.
Languages in Morocco
Moroccan Arabic is the main working language in Morocco, the official languages are Arabic and Berber.
Tamazight, Tarifit and Tashehit are the most widely used Berber languages. Standard Arabic and French is taught as first foreign language in schools.
Street signage in Morocco in Arabic and French
The Arabic spoken in Morocco is a Moroccan Arabic that is slightly different to the Standard Arabic. However, French and Standard Arabic are spoken by many people in Morocco.
English can be understood and spoken mainly by young people who learn the language in school or privately.
Food in Morocco | Facts about Morocco
A wide variety of nuts and pulses such as lentils, split peas, fava beans or chickpeas are popularly used in many dishes as are lamb and chicken. Spices, dried fruits and flower buds that are used in many dishes can also be sourced at the local markets.
Variety of spices at a market stall in Morocco
Olives, citrus fruits and mediterranean vegetables such as tomatoes, as well as honey and dates are heavily used in the Moroccan cuisine.
Here are some typical Moroccan food and dishes:
- Couscous: wheat semolina is cooked and usually served with stews or tagines
- Tagine: also called 'Tajine', is a kind of stew prepared with mixed meat, vegetables and spices that are combined and then cooked without stirring in special clay pot that is covered with a conical hat
Mint tea ceremony in Morocco
- Mechoui: roast lamb dish
- Harira: soup made with vegetables, lentils or chickpeas
- Mint tea: very popular sweet tea which is served almost anywhere and anytime
Read some great Moroccan food info here
The national animal of Morocco is the Barbary lion. These big lions once roamed the areas around the Atlas mountains but unfortunately they are now extinct in the wild. Only a small number of descendants of the Barbary lions still live in European zoos.
There is a wide variety of wildlife in Morocco. On the coast you can spot dolphins and sea birds as well as porpoises.
A very special sight in Morocco are also the goats climbing Argan trees! These cleverly climbing animals can be best spotted in the region around Essaouira and Agadir. There they try to nick the fruits and happily chomp away before the fruit's harvest season in early summer.
Goats climbing in Argan trees
Morocco Facts: Resources
Sources for Morocco Facts page:
- Central Intelligence Agency. "Morocco". The World Factbook. Last updated 5 February 2020. Accessed 7 February 2020.
- Morocco Tourism Board. "Travel in Morocco". VisitMorocco. Accessed 8 February 2020
- "Moroccan Cuisine Culture!" friendlymorocco.com. Accessed 7 February 2020
- Mouttaki, Amanda. "Morocco Destination Guides". MarocMama. Accessed 8 February 2020
- Endangered List. "Barbary Lion". endangeredlist.org. Accessed 8 February 2020
- Williams, Sarah. "The Story Behind Bizarre Tree-Climbing Goats." CultureTrip. 22 May 2017. Accessed 8 February 2020
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