41 Random Facts About Morocco
With these random facts about Morocco, you will learn about its history, geography, economy, people, and lots more. This North African country is an amalgamation of fascinating history, beautiful scenery and many cultures to explore.
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1. Historic evidence suggests that humans have inhabited Morocco since the Paleolithic era of prehistoric times.
2. A famine in the country in 1520 that killed many people. Morocco’s population dropped from 5 to under 3 million between the early 16th and 19th centuries.
3. The year 1549 saw the beginning of the rule of a succession of Arab dynasties all claiming direct descent from the great Islamic prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.)
4. The inventor of the first pedestrian crossing light, Leslie Hore-Belisha, is buried in the Jewish cemetery of Essaouira.
5. Morocco was the first nation to sign a treaty with the United States in 1786.
6. Morocco’s chief of state since 1999 is King Mohammad VI. He has brought the country closer to democracy, but it is still a Muslim state based on Islamic law.
7. Oukaïmeden, in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains is the highest ski resort in Africa.
8. Morocco is only 8 miles (13 km) from Europe, across the Strait of Gibraltar.
9. Morocco has 172,395 square miles (446,550 square km) and is slightly larger than California.
10. Morocco’s lowest point is Sebkha Tah at -180 feet (-55 m) below sea level and highest point is Jebel Toubkal at 13,665 feet (4,165 m)
11. Rabat was the capital city of Morocco in 1913, made by the French because Morocco had no fixed capital at the time.
12. The two mountain ranges, the Atlas and Rif Mountains, geographically characterizes Morocco.
13. Agadir is located at the foot of the Atlas Mountains a little north of where Morocco’s Sous River enters the ocean.
14. The Sahara desert is the largest and warmest on the planet.
15. In Morocco, it is impolite to handle food with the left hand and to say no to meat if it is offered at a meal.
16. Romans began making wine in Morocco over 2,000 years ago.
17. The second largest film set in the world is at Morocco. The Atlas film studios, 4 miles (6 km) outside of Ouarzazate, is known as Morocco’s Hollywood. Prince of Persia, Sahara and The Mummy have been shot here.
18. Speaking of Hollywood, the film Casablanca was named after the Moroccan city. It has won the Academy Award in 1942 for Best Motion Picture and is considered one of the best films of all time.
19. The indigenous Berbers as well as Moroccan religion and culture influence Morocco’s architectural styles.
20. The national literacy rate among adults is only 50 percent.
21. Their health care is scarce as there are 6.46 physicians for every 10,000 Moroccans.
22. In Morocco, the estimation is such that there is one dentist for every 800,000 residents, and the standard treatment for a toothache is extraction.
23. A Moroccan woman won the 400-meter hurdles and became the first woman from any Arab or Islamic country to win an Olympic Gold Medal.
24. The predominant religion in Morocco is Islam.
25. Morocco’s official languages are Berber and Arabic.
26. The color of mourning in Morocco is white. A Moroccan widow wears white colored clothes for 40 days after the death of her husband.
27. Moroccans love couscous. Therefore, if you visit a restaurant on Friday, it is the only thing on the menu at many places.
28. Morocco is blossoming in the arts: sculpture and painting, amateur theater, film-making and music.
29. Morocco is in the top five African economies by its GDP.
30. A few years ago, Morocco ranked first by the quality of life index of the Economist Intelligence Unit.
31. Morocco is one of the world’s largest producers of illicit hashish.
32. One of the major sources of income for families in Morocco’s Northern Rif region is cannabis (marijuana) cultivation.
33. Morocco is the largest processor and exporter of sardines in the world.
34. One of the words for “money” in Morocco is wusakh d-dunya, which means “dirt of the world.”
35. Morocco is the only African country that is not a member of the African Union.
36. Tourism is one of the country’s most important economic industries. As many as 10 million people visit Morocco each year.
37. Adventure tourism in the two mountains ranges is the fastest growing area of tourism in Morocco.
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38. Often called the “Red City,” Marrakech, Morocco, requires sun protection and headgear of some kind all year-round, even during winter.
39. Not the heart, but the liver is traditionally considered to be the symbol of love in Morocco.
40. Morocco has one the most diversified of the world’s cuisines due to its centuries of interaction with cultures from the larger world.
41. Dubbed Moroccan or the “Whiskey” Tea is the national drink of this country.
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