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  • Introduction :: Morocco
  • Background field listing

    In 788, about a century after the Arab conquest of North Africa, a series of Moroccan Muslim dynasties began to rule in Morocco. In the 16th century, the Sa'adi monarchy, particularly under Ahmad al-MANSUR (1578-1603), repelled foreign invaders and inaugurated a golden age. The Alaouite Dynasty, to which the current Moroccan royal family belongs, dates from the 17th century. In 1860, Spain occupied northern Morocco and ushered in a half-century of trade rivalry among European powers that saw Morocco's sovereignty steadily erode; in 1912, the French imposed a protectorate over the country. A protracted independence struggle with France ended successfully in 1956. The internationalized city of Tangier and most Spanish possessions were turned over to the new country that same year. Sultan MOHAMMED V, the current monarch's grandfather, organized the new state as a constitutional monarchy and in 1957 assumed the title of king. Since Spain's 1976 withdrawal from what is today called Western Sahara, Morocco has extended its de facto administrative control to roughly 75% of this territory; however, the UN does not recognize Morocco as the administering power for Western Sahara. The UN since 1991 has monitored a cease-fire between Morocco and the Polisario Front - an organization advocating the territory’s independence - and restarted negotiations over the status of the territory in December 2018.

    King MOHAMMED VI in early 2011 responded to the spread of pro-democracy protests in the region by implementing a reform program that included a new constitution, passed by popular referendum in July 2011, under which some new powers were extended to parliament and the prime minister, but ultimate authority remains in the hands of the monarch. In November 2011, the Justice and Development Party (PJD) - a moderate Islamist party - won the largest number of seats in parliamentary elections, becoming the first Islamist party to lead the Moroccan Government. In September 2015, Morocco held its first direct elections for regional councils, one of the reforms included in the 2011 constitution. The PJD again won the largest number of seats in nationwide parliamentary elections in October 2016.

  • Geography :: Morocco
  • Location field listing
    Northern Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, between Algeria and Western Sahara
    Geographic coordinates field listing
    32 00 N, 5 00 W
    Map references field listing
    Area field listing
    total: 446,550 sq km
    land: 446,300 sq km
    water: 250 sq km
    country comparison to the world: 59
    Area - comparative field listing
    slightly more than three times the size of New York; slightly larger than California
    Area comparison map: Area comparison map
    Land boundaries field listing
    total: 2,362.5 km
    border countries (4): Algeria 1900 km, Western Sahara 444 km, Spain (Ceuta) 8 km, Spain (Melilla) 10.5 km

    note: an additional 75-meter border segment exists between Morocco and the Spanish exclave of Penon de Velez de la Gomera

    Coastline field listing
    1,835 km
    Maritime claims field listing
    territorial sea: 12 nm
    exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
    contiguous zone: 24 nm
    continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
    Climate field listing
    Mediterranean, becoming more extreme in the interior
    Terrain field listing
    mountainous northern coast (Rif Mountains) and interior (Atlas Mountains) bordered by large plateaus with intermontane valleys, and fertile coastal plains
    Elevation field listing
    mean elevation: 909 m
    lowest point: Sebkha Tah -59 m
    highest point: Jebel Toubkal 4,165 m
    Natural resources field listing
    phosphates, iron ore, manganese, lead, zinc, fish, salt
    Land use field listing
    agricultural land: 67.5% (2011 est.)
    arable land: 17.5% (2011 est.) / permanent crops: 2.9% (2011 est.) / permanent pasture: 47.1% (2011 est.)
    forest: 11.5% (2011 est.)
    other: 21% (2011 est.)
    Irrigated land field listing
    14,850 sq km (2012)
    Population distribution field listing
    the highest population density is found along the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts; a number of densely populated agglomerations are found scattered through the Atlas Mountains as shown in this population distribution map
    Natural hazards field listing
    northern mountains geologically unstable and subject to earthquakes; periodic droughts; windstorms; flash floods; landslides
    Environment - current issues field listing
    land degradation/desertification (soil erosion resulting from farming of marginal areas, overgrazing, destruction of vegetation); water and soil pollution due to dumping of industrial wastes into the ocean and inland water sources, and onto the land
    Environment - international agreements field listing
    party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands, Whaling
    signed, but not ratified: Environmental Modification
    Geography - note field listing
    strategic location along Strait of Gibraltar; the only African nation to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines
  • People and Society :: Morocco
  • Population field listing
    35,561,654 (July 2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 40
    Nationality field listing
    noun: Moroccan(s)
    adjective: Moroccan
    Ethnic groups field listing
    Arab-Berber 99%, other 1%
    Languages field listing
    Arabic (official), Berber languages (Tamazight (official), Tachelhit, Tarifit), French (often the language of business, government, and diplomacy)
    note:  the proportion of Berber speakers is disputed
    Religions field listing
    Muslim 99% (official; virtually all Sunni, <0.1% Shia), other 1% (includes Christian, Jewish, and Baha'i); note - Jewish about 6,000 (2010 est.)
    MENA religious affiliation: PDF
    Demographic profile field listing

    Morocco is undergoing a demographic transition. Its population is growing but at a declining rate, as people live longer and women have fewer children. Infant, child, and maternal mortality rates have been reduced through better health care, nutrition, hygiene, and vaccination coverage, although disparities between urban and rural and rich and poor households persist. Morocco’s shrinking child cohort reflects the decline of its total fertility rate from 5 in mid-1980s to 2.2 in 2010, which is a result of increased female educational attainment, higher contraceptive use, delayed marriage, and the desire for smaller families. Young adults (persons aged 15-29) make up almost 26% of the total population and represent a potential economic asset if they can be gainfully employed. Currently, however, many youths are unemployed because Morocco’s job creation rate has not kept pace with the growth of its working-age population. Most youths who have jobs work in the informal sector with little security or benefits.

    During the second half of the 20th century, Morocco became one of the world’s top emigration countries, creating large, widely dispersed migrant communities in Western Europe. The Moroccan Government has encouraged emigration since its independence in 1956, both to secure remittances for funding national development and as an outlet to prevent unrest in rebellious (often Berber) areas. Although Moroccan labor migrants earlier targeted Algeria and France, the flood of Moroccan "guest workers" from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s spread widely across northwestern Europe to fill unskilled jobs in the booming manufacturing, mining, construction, and agriculture industries. Host societies and most Moroccan migrants expected this migration to be temporary, but deteriorating economic conditions in Morocco related to the 1973 oil crisis and tighter European immigration policies resulted in these stays becoming permanent.

    A wave of family migration followed in the 1970s and 1980s, with a growing number of second generation Moroccans opting to become naturalized citizens of their host countries. Spain and Italy emerged as new destination countries in the mid-1980s, but their introduction of visa restrictions in the early 1990s pushed Moroccans increasingly to migrate either legally by marrying Moroccans already in Europe or illegally to work in the underground economy. Women began to make up a growing share of these labor migrants. At the same time, some higher-skilled Moroccans went to the US and Quebec, Canada.

    In the mid-1990s, Morocco developed into a transit country for asylum seekers from Sub-Saharan Africa and illegal labor migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia trying to reach Europe via southern Spain, Spain’s Canary Islands, or Spain’s North African enclaves, Ceuta and Melilla. Forcible expulsions by Moroccan and Spanish security forces have not deterred these illegal migrants or calmed Europe’s security concerns. Rabat remains unlikely to adopt an EU agreement to take back third-country nationals who have entered the EU illegally via Morocco. Thousands of other illegal migrants have chosen to stay in Morocco until they earn enough money for further travel or permanently as a "second-best" option. The launching of a regularization program in 2014 legalized the status of some migrants and granted them equal access to education, health care, and work, but xenophobia and racism remain obstacles.

    Age structure field listing
    0-14 years: 27.04% (male 4,905,626/female 4,709,333)
    15-24 years: 16.55% (male 2,953,523/female 2,930,708)
    25-54 years: 40.64% (male 7,126,781/female 7,325,709)
    55-64 years: 8.67% (male 1,533,771/female 1,548,315)
    65 years and over: 7.11% (male 1,225,307/female 1,302,581) (2020 est.)
    population pyramid: population pyramid
    Dependency ratios field listing
    total dependency ratio: 52.4
    youth dependency ratio: 40.8
    elderly dependency ratio: 11.6
    potential support ratio: 8.6 (2020 est.)
    Median age field listing
    total: 29.1 years
    male: 28.7 years
    female: 29.6 years (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 137
    Population growth rate field listing
    0.96% (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 110
    Birth rate field listing
    17.9 births/1,000 population (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 91
    Death rate field listing
    6.6 deaths/1,000 population (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 141
    Net migration rate field listing
    -1.9 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 167
    Population distribution field listing
    the highest population density is found along the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts; a number of densely populated agglomerations are found scattered through the Atlas Mountains as shown in this population distribution map
    Urbanization field listing
    urban population: 63.5% of total population (2020)
    rate of urbanization: 2.14% annual rate of change (2015-20 est.)
    total population growth rate v. urban population growth rate, 2000-2030: PDF
    Major urban areas - population field listing
    3.752 million Casablanca, 1.885 million RABAT (capital), 1.224 million Fes, 1.198 million Tangier, 1.003 million Marrakech, 924,000 Agadir (2020)
    Sex ratio field listing
    at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
    0-14 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
    15-24 years: 1.01 male(s)/female
    25-54 years: 0.97 male(s)/female
    55-64 years: 0.99 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.94 male(s)/female
    total population: 1 male(s)/female (2020 est.)
    Maternal mortality rate field listing
    70 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 84
    Infant mortality rate field listing
    total: 18.2 deaths/1,000 live births
    male: 20.2 deaths/1,000 live births
    female: 16.1 deaths/1,000 live births (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 82
    Life expectancy at birth field listing
    total population: 73.3 years
    male: 71.6 years
    female: 75.1 years (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 147
    Total fertility rate field listing
    2.31 children born/woman (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 84
    Contraceptive prevalence rate field listing
    70.8% (2018)
    Drinking water source field listing
    improved: urban: 98.3% of population
    rural: 79.1% of population
    total: 91% of population
    unimproved: urban: 1.7% of population
    rural: 20.9% of population
    total: 9% of population (2017 est.)
    Current Health Expenditure field listing
    5.2% (2017)
    Physicians density field listing
    0.73 physicians/1,000 population (2017)
    Hospital bed density field listing
    1 beds/1,000 population (2017)
    Sanitation facility access field listing
    improved: urban: 99.1% of population
    rural: 81.1% of population
    total: 92.2% of population
    unimproved: urban: 0.9% of population
    rural: 18.9% of population
    total: 7.3% of population (2017 est.)
    HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate field listing
    <.1% (2019 est.)
    HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS field listing
    21,000 (2019 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 86
    HIV/AIDS - deaths field listing
    <500 (2019 est.)
    Major infectious diseases field listing
    note: clusters of cases of a respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) are occurring in Morocco; as of 10 November 2020, Morocco has reported a total of 252,185 cases of COVID-19 or 6,832 cumulative cases of COVID-19 per 1 million population with 114 cumulative deaths per 1 million population
    Obesity - adult prevalence rate field listing
    26.1% (2016)
    country comparison to the world: 45
    Children under the age of 5 years underweight field listing
    2.6% (2017/18)
    country comparison to the world: 106
    Education expenditures field listing
    5.3% of GDP (2009)
    country comparison to the world: 51
    Literacy field listing
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write
    total population: 73.8%
    male: 83.3%
    female: 64.6% (2018)
    School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education) field listing
    total: 14 years
    male: 14 years
    female: 14 years (2019)
    Unemployment, youth ages 15-24 field listing
    total: 22.2%
    male: 22%
    female: 22.8% (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 57
  • Government :: Morocco
  • Country name field listing
    conventional long form: Kingdom of Morocco
    conventional short form: Morocco
    local long form: Al Mamlakah al Maghribiyah
    local short form: Al Maghrib
    former: French Protectorate in Morocco, Spanish Protectorate in Morocco
    etymology: the English name "Morocco" derives from, respectively, the Spanish and Portuguese names "Marruecos" and "Marrocos," which stem from "Marrakesh" the Latin name for the former capital of ancient Morocco; the Arabic name "Al Maghrib" translates as "The West"
    Government type field listing
    parliamentary constitutional monarchy
    Capital field listing
    name: Rabat
    geographic coordinates: 34 01 N, 6 49 W
    time difference: UTC 0 (5 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
    daylight saving time: +1 hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October
    etymology: name derives from the Arabic title "Ribat el-Fath," meaning "stronghold of victory," applied to the newly constructed citadel in 1170
    Administrative divisions field listing
    11 regions (recognized); Beni Mellal-Khenifra, Casablanca-Settat, Draa-Tafilalet, Fes-Meknes, Guelmim-Oued Noun, Laayoune-Sakia al Hamra, Oriental, Marrakech-Safi, Rabat-Sale-Kenitra, Souss-Massa, Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima

    note: Morocco claims the territory of Western Sahara, the political status of which is considered undetermined by the US Government; portions of the regions Guelmim-Oued Noun and Laayoune-Sakia al Hamra as claimed by Morocco lie within Western Sahara; Morocco also claims a 12th region, Dakhla-Oued ed Dahab, that falls entirely within Western Sahara

    Independence field listing
    2 March 1956 (from France)
    National holiday field listing
    Throne Day (accession of King MOHAMMED VI to the throne), 30 July (1999)
    Constitution field listing
    history: several previous; latest drafted 17 June 2011, approved by referendum 1 July 2011; note - sources disagree on whether the 2011 referendum was for a new constitution or for reforms to the previous constitution
    amendments: proposed by the king, by the prime minister, or by members in either chamber of Parliament; passage requires at least two-thirds majority vote by both chambers and approval in a referendum; the king can opt to submit self-initiated proposals directly to a referendum
    International law organization participation field listing
    has not submitted an ICJ jurisdiction declaration; non-party state to the ICCt
    Citizenship field listing
    citizenship by birth: no
    citizenship by descent only: the father must be a citizen of Morocco; if the father is unknown or stateless, the mother must be a citizen
    dual citizenship recognized: yes
    residency requirement for naturalization: 5 years
    Suffrage field listing
    18 years of age; universal
    Executive branch field listing
    chief of state: King MOHAMMED VI (since 30 July 1999)
    head of government: Prime Minister Saad-Eddine al-OTHMANI (since 17 March 2017)
    cabinet: Council of Ministers chosen by the prime minister in consultation with Parliament and appointed by the monarch
    elections/appointments: the monarchy is hereditary; prime minister appointed by the monarch from the majority party following legislative elections
    Legislative branch field listing
    description: bicameral Parliament consists of:
    Chamber of Advisors (120 seats; members indirectly elected by an electoral college of local councils, professional organizations, and labor unions; members serve 6-year terms)
    Chamber of Representatives (395 seats; 305 members directly elected in multi-seat constituencies by proportional representation vote and 90 directly elected in a single nationwide constituency by proportional representation vote; members serve 5-year terms); note - in the national constituency, 60 seats are reserved for women and 30 reserved for those under age 40
    Chamber of Advisors - last held on 2 October 2015 (next to be held in fall 2021)
    Chamber of Representatives - last held on 7 October 2016 (next to be held in fall 2021)
    election results:
    Chamber of Advisors - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - NA; composition - men 106, women 14, percent of women 11.7%
    Chamber of Representatives - percent of vote by party NA; seats by party - PJD 125, PAM 102, PI 46, RNI 37, MP 27, USFP 20, UC 19, PPS 12, MDS 3, other 4; composition - men 314, women 81, percent of women 20.5%; note - total Parliament percent of women 18.4%
    Judicial branch field listing
    highest courts: Supreme Court or Court of Cassation (consists of 5-judge panels organized into civil, family matters, commercial, administrative, social, and criminal sections); Constitutional Court (consists of 12 members)
    judge selection and term of office: Supreme Court judges appointed by the Superior Council of Judicial Power, a 20-member body presided by the monarch, which includes the Supreme Court president, the prosecutor general, representatives of the appeals and first instance courts  (among them 1 woman magistrate), the president of the National Council of the Rights of Man, and 5 "notable persons" appointed by the monarch; judges appointed for life; Constitutional Court members - 6 designated by the monarch and 6 elected by Parliament; court president appointed by the monarch from among the court members; members serve 9-year nonrenewable terms
    subordinate courts: courts of appeal; High Court of Justice; administrative and commercial courts; regional and sadad courts (for religious, civil and administrative, and penal adjudication); first instance courts
    Political parties and leaders field listing
    Action Party or PA [Mohammed EL IDRISSI]
    Amal (hope) Party [Mohamed BANI]
    An-Nahj Ad-Dimocrati or An-Nahj [Mustapha BRAHMA]
    Authenticity and Modernity Party or PAM [Ilyas al-OMARI]
    Constitutional Union Party or UC [Mohamed SAJID]
    Democratic and Social Movement or MDS [Abdessamad ARCHANE]
    Democratic Forces Front or FFD [Mustapha BENALI]
    Democratic Oath Party or SD
    Democratic Socialist Vanguard Party or PADS [Abderrahman BENAMROU]
    Democratic Society Party [Zhour CHAKKAFI]
    Environment and Development Party or PED [Karim HRITAN]
    Green Left Party [Mohamed FARES]
    Istiqlal (Independence) Party or PI [Nizar BARAKA]
    Ittihadi National Congress or CNI [Abdesalam EL AZIZ]
    Labor Party or PT
    Moroccan Liberal Party or PML [Mohammed ZIANE]
    Moroccan Union for Democracy or UMD [Jamal MANDRI]
    National Rally of Independents or RNI [Aziz AKHANNOUCH]
    Neo-Democrats Party [Mohamed DARIF]
    Party of Development Reform or PRD [Abderrahmane EL KOHEN]
    Party of Justice and Development or PJD [Saad Eddine al-OTHMANI]
    Party of Liberty and Social Justice [Miloud MOUSSAOUI]
    Popular Movement or MP [Mohand LAENSER]
    Progress and Socialism Party or PPS [Nabil BENABDELLAH]
    Renaissance and Virtue Party [Mohamed KHALIDI]
    Renaissance Party [Said EL GHENNIOUI]
    Renewal and Equity Party or PRE [Chakir ACHEHABAR]
    Shoura (consultation) and Istiqlal Party [Ahmed BELGHAZI]
    Social Center Party or PCS [Lahcen MADIH]
    Socialist Party [Abdelmajid BOUZOUBAA]
    Socialist Union of Popular Forces or USFP [Driss LACHGAR]
    Unified Socialist Party or GSU [Nabila MOUNIB]
    Unity and Democracy Party [Ahmed FITRI]
    International organization participation field listing
    ABEDA, AfDB, AFESD, AMF, AMU, CAEU, CD, EBRD, FAO, G-11, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC (national committees), ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, IMSO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO, ITSO, ITU, ITUC (NGOs), LAS, MIGA, MONUSCO, NAM, OAS (observer), OIC, OIF, OPCW, OSCE (partner), Pacific Alliance (observer), Paris Club (associate), PCA, SICA (observer), UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNOCI, UNSC (temporary), UNWTO, UPU, WCO, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO
    Diplomatic representation in the US field listing
    chief of mission: Ambassador Lalla Joumala ALAOUI (since 24 April 2017)
    chancery: 3508 International Drive NW, Washington, DC 20008
    telephone: [1] (202) 462-7979
    FAX: [1] (202) 462-7643
    consulate(s) general: New York
    Diplomatic representation from the US field listing
    chief of mission: Ambassador David T. FISCHER (since 22 January 2020)
    telephone: [212] 537 637 200
    embassy: Km 5.7 Avenue Mohammed VI, Souissi, Rabat 10170
    mailing address: Unit 9400, Box Front Office, DPO AE 09718
    FAX: [212] 537 637 201
    consulate(s) general: Casablanca
    Flag description field listing
    red with a green pentacle (five-pointed, linear star) known as Sulayman's (Solomon's) seal in the center of the flag; red and green are traditional colors in Arab flags, although the use of red is more commonly associated with the Arab states of the Persian Gulf; the pentacle represents the five pillars of Islam and signifies the association between God and the nation; design dates to 1912
    National symbol(s) field listing
    pentacle symbol, lion; national colors: red, green
    National anthem field listing
    name: "Hymne Cherifien" (Hymn of the Sharif)
    lyrics/music: Ali Squalli HOUSSAINI/Leo MORGAN

    note: music adopted 1956, lyrics adopted 1970

  • Economy :: Morocco
  • Economy - overview field listing

    Morocco has capitalized on its proximity to Europe and relatively low labor costs to work towards building a diverse, open, market-oriented economy. Key sectors of the economy include agriculture, tourism, aerospace, automotive, phosphates, textiles, apparel, and subcomponents. Morocco has increased investment in its port, transportation, and industrial infrastructure to position itself as a center and broker for business throughout Africa. Industrial development strategies and infrastructure improvements - most visibly illustrated by a new port and free trade zone near Tangier - are improving Morocco's competitiveness.

    In the 1980s, Morocco was a heavily indebted country before pursuing austerity measures and pro-market reforms, overseen by the IMF. Since taking the throne in 1999, King MOHAMMED VI has presided over a stable economy marked by steady growth, low inflation, and gradually falling unemployment, although poor harvests and economic difficulties in Europe contributed to an economic slowdown. To boost exports, Morocco entered into a bilateral Free Trade Agreement with the US in 2006 and an Advanced Status agreement with the EU in 2008. In late 2014, Morocco eliminated subsidies for gasoline, diesel, and fuel oil, dramatically reducing outlays that weighed on the country’s budget and current account. Subsidies on butane gas and certain food products remain in place. Morocco also seeks to expand its renewable energy capacity with a goal of making renewable more than 50% of installed electricity generation capacity by 2030.

    Despite Morocco's economic progress, the country suffers from high unemployment, poverty, and illiteracy, particularly in rural areas. Key economic challenges for Morocco include reforming the education system and the judiciary.

    GDP (purchasing power parity) field listing
    $298.6 billion (2017 est.)
    $286.8 billion (2016 est.)
    $283.6 billion (2015 est.)

    note: data are in 2017 dollars

    country comparison to the world: 57
    GDP (official exchange rate) field listing
    $109.3 billion (2017 est.)
    GDP - real growth rate field listing
    2.5% (2019 est.)
    2.96% (2018 est.)
    3.98% (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 110
    GDP - per capita (PPP) field listing
    $8,600 (2017 est.)
    $8,300 (2016 est.)
    $8,300 (2015 est.)

    note: data are in 2017 dollars

    country comparison to the world: 147
    Gross national saving field listing
    30.1% of GDP (2017 est.)
    28.9% of GDP (2016 est.)
    28.8% of GDP (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 31
    GDP - composition, by end use field listing
    household consumption: 58% (2017 est.)
    government consumption: 18.9% (2017 est.)
    investment in fixed capital: 28.4% (2017 est.)
    investment in inventories: 4.2% (2017 est.)
    exports of goods and services: 37.1% (2017 est.)
    imports of goods and services: -46.6% (2017 est.)
    GDP - composition, by sector of origin field listing
    agriculture: 14% (2017 est.)
    industry: 29.5% (2017 est.)
    services: 56.5% (2017 est.)
    Agriculture - products field listing
    barley, wheat, citrus fruits, grapes, vegetables, olives; livestock; wine
    Industries field listing
    automotive parts, phosphate mining and processing, aerospace, food processing, leather goods, textiles, construction, energy, tourism
    Industrial production growth rate field listing
    2.8% (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 110
    Labor force field listing
    10.399 million (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 49
    Labor force - by occupation field listing
    agriculture: 39.1%
    industry: 20.3%
    services: 40.5% (2014 est.)
    Unemployment rate field listing
    9.23% (2019 est.)
    9.65% (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 140
    Population below poverty line field listing
    15% (2007 est.)
    Household income or consumption by percentage share field listing
    lowest 10%: 2.7%
    highest 10%: 33.2% (2007)
    Budget field listing
    revenues: 22.81 billion (2017 est.)
    expenditures: 26.75 billion (2017 est.)
    Taxes and other revenues field listing
    20.9% (of GDP) (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 144
    Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-) field listing
    -3.6% (of GDP) (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 150
    Public debt field listing
    65.1% of GDP (2017 est.)
    64.9% of GDP (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 58
    Fiscal year field listing
    calendar year
    Inflation rate (consumer prices) field listing
    0.8% (2017 est.)
    1.6% (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 43
    Current account balance field listing
    -$5.075 billion (2019 est.)
    -$6.758 billion (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 184
    Exports field listing
    $21.48 billion (2017 est.)
    $22.66 billion (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 69
    Exports - partners field listing
    Spain 23.2%, France 22.6%, Italy 4.5%, US 4.2% (2017)
    Exports - commodities field listing
    clothing and textiles, automobiles, electric components, inorganic chemicals, transistors, crude minerals, fertilizers (including phosphates), petroleum products, citrus fruits, vegetables, fish
    Imports field listing
    $39.64 billion (2017 est.)
    $36.59 billion (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 59
    Imports - commodities field listing
    crude petroleum, textile fabric, telecommunications equipment, wheat, gas and electricity, transistors, plastics
    Imports - partners field listing
    Spain 16.7%, France 12.2%, China 9.2%, US 6.9%, Germany 6%, Italy 5.9%, Turkey 4.5% (2017)
    Reserves of foreign exchange and gold field listing
    $26.27 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $25.37 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 53
    Debt - external field listing
    $51.48 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $44.65 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 65
    Exchange rates field listing
    Moroccan dirhams (MAD) per US dollar -
    9.639 (2017 est.)
    9.7787 (2016 est.)
    9.7787 (2015 est.)
    9.7351 (2014 est.)
    8.3798 (2013 est.)
  • Energy :: Morocco
  • Electricity access field listing
    electrification - total population: 100% (2020)
    Electricity - production field listing
    28.75 billion kWh (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 68
    Electricity - consumption field listing
    28.25 billion kWh (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 64
    Electricity - exports field listing
    165 million kWh (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 79
    Electricity - imports field listing
    5.289 billion kWh (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 37
    Electricity - installed generating capacity field listing
    8.303 million kW (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 68
    Electricity - from fossil fuels field listing
    68% of total installed capacity (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 114
    Electricity - from nuclear fuels field listing
    0% of total installed capacity (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 148
    Electricity - from hydroelectric plants field listing
    16% of total installed capacity (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 101
    Electricity - from other renewable sources field listing
    15% of total installed capacity (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 60
    Crude oil - production field listing
    160 bbl/day (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 98
    Crude oil - exports field listing
    0 bbl/day (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 169
    Crude oil - imports field listing
    61,160 bbl/day (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 53
    Crude oil - proved reserves field listing
    684,000 bbl (1 January 2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 97
    Refined petroleum products - production field listing
    66,230 bbl/day (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 74
    Refined petroleum products - consumption field listing
    278,000 bbl/day (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 44
    Refined petroleum products - exports field listing
    9,504 bbl/day (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 83
    Refined petroleum products - imports field listing
    229,300 bbl/day (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 30
    Natural gas - production field listing
    87.78 million cu m (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 82
    Natural gas - consumption field listing
    1.218 billion cu m (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 89
    Natural gas - exports field listing
    0 cu m (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 156
    Natural gas - imports field listing
    1.133 billion cu m (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 61
    Natural gas - proved reserves field listing
    1.444 billion cu m (1 January 2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 97
    Carbon dioxide emissions from consumption of energy field listing
    55.4 million Mt (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 56
  • Communications :: Morocco
  • Telephones - fixed lines field listing
    total subscriptions: 1,982,934
    subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 5.63 (2019 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 55
    Telephones - mobile cellular field listing
    total subscriptions: 45,065,083
    subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 127.95 (2019 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 33
    Telecommunication systems field listing
    general assessment: national network nearly 100% digital using fiber-optic links; improved rural service employs microwave radio relay; one of the most state-of-the-art markets in Africa; high mobile penetration rates in the region with low cost for broadband Internet access; improvement in LTE and VoD (Video on Demand) reach and capabilities; some market limitations with lack of competition; mobile internet accounts for 93.2% of all Internet connections (2020)
    domestic: fixed-line teledensity is 6 per 100 persons and mobile-cellular subscribership exceeds 128 per 100 persons; good system composed of open-wire lines, cables, and microwave radio relay links; principal switching centers are Casablanca and Rabat (2019)
    international: country code - 212; landing point for the Atlas Offshore, Estepona-Tetouan, Canalink and SEA-ME-WE-3 fiber-optic telecommunications undersea cables that provide connectivity to Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Australia; satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean) and 1 Arabsat; microwave radio relay to Gibraltar, Spain, and Western Sahara (2019)
    note: the COVID-19 outbreak is negatively impacting telecommunications production and supply chains globally; consumer spending on telecom devices and services has also slowed due to the pandemic's effect on economies worldwide; overall progress towards improvements in all facets of the telecom industry - mobile, fixed-line, broadband, submarine cable and satellite - has moderated
    Broadcast media field listing
    2 TV broadcast networks with state-run Radio-Television Marocaine (RTM) operating one network and the state partially owning the other; foreign TV broadcasts are available via satellite dish; 3 radio broadcast networks with RTM operating one; the government-owned network includes 10 regional radio channels in addition to its national service (2019)
    Internet country code field listing
    Internet users field listing
    total: 22,596,729
    percent of population: 64.8% (July 2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 33
    Broadband - fixed subscriptions field listing
    total: 1,552,599
    subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 4 (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 61
    Communications - note field listing
    the University of al-Quarawiyyin Library in Fez is recognized as the oldest existing, continually operating library in the world, dating back to A.D. 859; among its holdings are approximately 4,000 ancient Islamic manuscripts (2018)
  • Transportation :: Morocco
  • National air transport system field listing
    number of registered air carriers: 3 (2020)
    inventory of registered aircraft operated by air carriers: 76
    annual passenger traffic on registered air carriers: 8,132,917 (2018)
    annual freight traffic on registered air carriers: 97.71 million mt-km (2018)
    Civil aircraft registration country code prefix field listing
    CN (2016)
    Airports field listing
    55 (2013)
    country comparison to the world: 83
    Airports - with paved runways field listing
    total: 31 (2017)
    over 3,047 m: 11 (2017)
    2,438 to 3,047 m: 9 (2017)
    1,524 to 2,437 m: 7 (2017)
    914 to 1,523 m: 4 (2017)
    Airports - with unpaved runways field listing
    total: 24 (2013)
    2,438 to 3,047 m: 1 (2013)
    1,524 to 2,437 m: 7 (2013)
    914 to 1,523 m: 11 (2013)
    under 914 m: 5 (2013)
    Heliports field listing
    1 (2013)
    Pipelines field listing
    944 km gas, 270 km oil, 175 km refined products (2013)
    Railways field listing
    total: 2,067 km (2014)
    standard gauge: 2,067 km 1.435-m gauge (1,022 km electrified) (2014)
    country comparison to the world: 73
    Roadways field listing
    total: 57,300 km (2018)
    country comparison to the world: 80
    Merchant marine field listing
    total: 86
    by type: bulk carrier 4, general cargo 4, oil tanker 3, other 75 (2019)
    country comparison to the world: 97
    Ports and terminals field listing
    major seaport(s): Casablanca, Jorf Lasfar, Mohammedia, Safi, Tangier
    container port(s) (TEUs): Tangier (3,312,409) (2017)
    LNG terminal(s) (import): Jorf Lasfar
  • Military and Security :: Morocco
  • Military and security forces field listing
    Royal Armed Forces: Royal Moroccan Army, Royal Moroccan Navy (includes Coast Guard, marines), Royal Moroccan Air Force, Royal Morroccan Gendarmerie, Morroccan Royal Guard (provides security for the royal family; officially part of the Royal Army); Force Auxiliaire (a paramilitary force under the Ministry of Interior that supplements the military and the police as needed) (2019)
    Military expenditures field listing
    3.1% of GDP (2019)
    3.1% of GDP (2018)
    3.2% of GDP (2017)
    3.2% of GDP (2016)
    3.2% of GDP (2015)
    country comparison to the world: 25
    Military and security service personnel strengths field listing
    the Royal Armed Forces have approximately 197,000 active personnel (175,000 Army; 9,000 Navy; 13,000 Air Force); est. 25,000 Gendarmerie (2019 est.)
    Military equipment inventories and acquisitions field listing
    the Moroccan military's inventory is comprised of mostly older French and US equipment; since 2010, France and the US are the leading suppliers of weapons to Morocco, followed by China and the Netherlands (2019 est.)
    Military deployments field listing
    750 Central African Republic (MINUSCA); 960 Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) (2020)
    Military service age and obligation field listing
    19 years of age for compulsory military service (reintroduced in 2019); both sexes are obligated to military service; conscript service obligation - 12 months (2019)
  • Transnational Issues :: Morocco
  • Disputes - international field listing

    claims and administers Western Sahara whose sovereignty remains unresolved; Morocco protests Spain's control over the coastal enclaves of Ceuta, Melilla, and Penon de Velez de la Gomera, the islands of Penon de Alhucemas and Islas Chafarinas, and surrounding waters; both countries claim Isla Perejil (Leila Island); discussions have not progressed on a comprehensive maritime delimitation, setting limits on resource exploration and refugee interdiction, since Morocco's 2002 rejection of Spain's unilateral designation of a median line from the Canary Islands; Morocco serves as one of the primary launching areas of illegal migration into Spain from North Africa; Algeria's border with Morocco remains an irritant to bilateral relations, each nation accusing the other of harboring militants and arms smuggling; the National Liberation Front's assertions of a claim to Chirac Pastures in southeastern Morocco is a dormant dispute

    Illicit drugs field listing
    the world's largest producer and exporter of cannabis; total production for 2015-2016 growing season estimated to be 700 metric tons; shipments of hashish mostly directed to Western Europe; transit point for cocaine from South America destined for Western Europe; significant consumer of cannabis