THE Kingdom of Morocco is home to just over 33 million people. With an abundance of arable land and a generally temperate Mediterranean climate, the country's agricultural potential is matched by few others in the region. Although its manufacturing capacities are unable to keep up with expanding local demand – requiring an increase in imported food products – in a normal year (one not effected by drought), the country produces enough meat, fruit and vegetables and most its dairy requirements needed for domestic consumption.

POPULATION : 33.0 - 2013
GDP : 
$103.8 - 2013
4.4% - 2013 
 0.4% - 2013

Morocco has a population of over 33 million and an area of 446,550 km2 (172,410 sq mi). Its political capital is Rabat, although the largest city is Casablanca; other major cities include MarrakeshTangierTetouanSaléFesAgadirMeknesOujdaKenitra, and Nador

The Kingdom of Morocco is the most westerly of the North African countries known as the Maghreb - the "Arab West". It has Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines, a rugged mountain interior and a history of independence not shared by its neighbours.

Its rich culture is a blend of Arab, Berber, European and African influences.

Morocco was a French protectorate from 1912 to 1956, when Sultan Mohammed became king. He was succeeded in 1961 by his son, Hassan II, who ruled for 38 years and played a prominent role in the search for peace in the Middle East.