The official name of Morocco is the Kingdom of Morocco.
Morocco is about the same size as the state of California.
There are over 38 million people living in Morocco as of 2023.
The capital city of Morocco is Rabat, although the largest city is Casablanca with around 4 million people.
Other major cities in Morocco include Marrakech, Tangier, Tetouan, Salé, Fes, Agadir, Meknes, Oujda, Kenitra, and Nador.
Ethnically, Moroccans are predominately of Berber (North African indigenous) and Arabic decent.
The Berber people have been living in North Africa for centuries, historically living in the mountainous areas but in more recent times moving to the cities for work.
The official languages of Morocco are Berber and Arabic. The distinctive group of Moroccan Arabic dialects are collectively called Darija. French and to a lesser extent Spanish and English are also spoken in the country.
From 1912 to 1956, Morocco was divided into French and Spanish zones. There are just two small Spanish-controlled areas still remaining today (Ceuta and Melilla).
Morocco is quite a mountainous country with the Atlas Mountains running from northeast to the southwest through the center and the Rif Mountains located in the north.
The southeast of the country is intersected by the Sahara Desert and direct to the south lies the Western Sahara. Morocco claims that the Western Sahara is part of its territory and refers to the area as its Southern Provinces, although officially this area is still a disputed territory.
The currency in Morocco is called the Dirham.
Moroccan cities commonly have mosques with beautiful towers called minarets, market areas called bazaars, old medieval sections called medinas and old fortresses called kasbahs.
Tourism is an important industry in Morocco, with over 13 million tourists visiting the country in 2019.
Green tea with mint and sweetened with sugar is a popular beverage in Morocco.
The most famous of Moroccan dishes is couscous, other popular dishes include pastilla, tajine, and harira. Chicken is the most widely eaten meat.
Drivers use the right-hand side of the road in Morocco.
There are very large concentrations of Moroccan migrants living in France (over 1 million) and Spain (over 700 thousand).
The most popular sport in Morocco is football (soccer). The Moroccan men's national team became the first African and Arab country to make it to the 2nd round of a World Cup when they did so in 1986. They then became the first to reach the semi-finals when they did so in 2022.
The university called al-Qarawiyin was founded in the city of Fes in 859 as a madrasa (an Arabic educational institution) and is considered by some to be the oldest university in the world.
For more information, check out maps of Morocco or take a closer look at the Moroccan flag.