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Peppered with a population touching 35 million inhabitants, Morocco is a sovereign state in the North African region and has been a regional power, historically. The capital city of the state is Rabat whereas the ancient city of Casablanca is its largest municipality. Morocco is a major contributor to Africa’s economy and primarily depends upon the services sector, manufacture of goods, mining, and agriculture. Tourism, on the other hand, has also registered record-breaking gains over the years. It is galore of incredible tourist destinations that includes the four imperial cities and their unending grandeur, breathtaking palaces, colorful medinas and exuberant beaches of state of the art quality.
Morocco is geographically located in Northern Africa along the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. It is bordered by Algeria and Western Sahara. It also still shares borders with two enclaves that are considered a part of Spain — Ceuta and Melilla. The topography of Morocco varies as its northern coast and interior regions are mountainous, while its coast features fertile plains where much of the country's agriculture takes place. There are also valleys interspersed between Morocco's mountainous areas. The highest point in Morocco is Jebel Toubkal which rises to 13,665 feet, while its lowest point is Sebkha Tah which is -180 feet below sea level.
The culture of Morocco is a blend of ethnic tradition and religion, reflecting the Berber, African, Arabs, and Jewish influence. The majority of the population are Berbers and Arabs while at least 30% of the population are Amazigh speakers. Berber influence is most prominent in a wide range of activities and way of life of the Moroccan people. Although the cuisine differs from one region to another, the spices used are mainly those of the Berbers. The use of fresh fruits and vegetables is mainly as a result of the country’s proximity to the Mediterranean. The Moroccan music is characterized by several traditional instruments mainly of the Arab and Amazigh origin. It is home to Andalusian classical music which is common throughout North Africa.
The country has an area of 446,550 square kilometers with an estimated 2019 population of 36.47 million. Morocco's population currently ranks 40th in the world. This culminates in an overall population density of about 81 people per square kilometer. The majority of Morocco's population lives to the west of the Atlas Mountains, a large range that protects the country from the Sahara Desert.