Published on September 21st, 2012 | by MEE Administrator5
Fun & Interesting Facts about Morocco
From Lifestyle Lounge:
1. The official name of Morocco is the ‘Kingdom of Morocco’. It spreads over an area of approximately 710,850 sq km.
2. The capital of Morocco is Rabbat, while its currency is Moroccan dirham.
3. Morocco gained independence from France in 1956.
4. Morocco is situated in North Africa and it is the only African country that is presently not a member of the ‘African Union’.
5. Morocco is a member of the Arab League, Arab Maghreb Union, the Francophonie, Organization of the Islamic Conference, Mediterranean Dialogue group and Group of 77.
6. Morocco is a major non-NATO ally of the United States.
7. The full Arabic name of Morocco is ‘Al-Mamlaka al-Maghribiya’, which translates to ‘The Western Kingdom’.
8. The Moroccan Constitution provides for a monarchy with a Parliament and an independent judiciary.
9. The official language of Morocco is Arabic. However, Berber (another dialect) and French are also spoken widely.
10. Arabs and Berbers make up majority of the population of Morocco, followed by Jews and others.
11. A number of stone circles, present in Morocco, serve as the proof of its contact with the megalithic cultures of Atlantic Europe.
12. The shrine of Sidi Yahya, situated in Oujda city of Morocco, is said to be the tomb of ‘John the Baptist’.
13. The University in Fes, founded in 859 AD, claims to be the oldest university in the world.
14. In the previous times, it was unlawful to sell a date tree, as it was a source of food for the family.
15. Tangier was an International City, from 1922 to 1956, being ruled by representatives of eight European countries.
16. The ‘Green March, undertake to claim the Spanish colony of Western Sahara, is celebrated as a national holiday in Morocco.
17. Moroccan cuisine is a mixture of European and African cuisine, due to its location between Europe and Africa.
18. Morocco is the 12th richest country in Africa.
19. Most of the Moroccans eat things made from wheat and barley.