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Explore Morocco and discover all you need to know on the country: demography, economics, politics, climate...

Located in the North West of Africa, Morocco is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, as well as by Algeria, Mauritania and Spain. Stretching over 446,550 km², it has several major cities, including Casablanca, Agadir, Marrakech and Tanger. Rabat is the capital of Morocco, but Casablanca is the economic capital of the country.

Demography

Morocco has a population of over 32 million inhabitants, including a large number of expatriates. The official languages are Arabic and Berber. Both languages are used in different dialects. Arabic is the administrative language, but other languages such as French and Spanish are also spoken by the inhabitants.

Economy

Morocco, as part of the emerging countries in the region, has been developing very quickly over the past few years. The country ranks in fifth position among the most powerful economies of the African continent, with a GDP of more than $103 billion in 2013 and a growth rate of around 4.4% in 2013. The country's economy is mainly based on the export of phosphates as well as the agricultural sector.

Policy

Morocco has a constitutional monarchy regime. The leader of the country is King Mohammed VI while Abdel-Ilah Benkiran has been elected Prime Minister. Morocco is the only African country which is not part of the African Union. Yet, it is a member of the United Nations, the Arab League, the Arab Maghreb Union as well as the International Organization of the Francophonie.

Climate

Divided into four regions, Morocco has a Mediterranean climate in some areas and an Atlantic climate in others. Summers are quite dry and hot while winters are very cold and humid. The temperatures usually vary between 22ºC and 24ºC in summer and between -2ºC and 14ºC in winter. Temperatures may even go down to -6ºC degrees in some areas. The Sahara part of Morocco has almost a dry desert climate.

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Different types of accommodation are available in Morocco. You can choose among riads, villas and appartements, according to your budget and preferences. Note that rent usually has a three year duration.
To be able to make phone calls in Morocco, choose one of the telephone operators to obtain a land line. You can also buy a Moroccan SIM card to use your mobile phone. To use payphones, you can buy prepaid cards.
Internship opportunities are numerous in Morocco. As an international student, you must obtain an authorization for entry which will allow you to stay for a period of three months in the country. You must also have proof of your internship.
Marriage procedures in Morocco are not complicated. However, they may be long, given the fact that you must obtain a certificate of legal capacity to marry, as well as the authorization of the Moroccan authorities.
The city of Meknes, Morocco, offers a variety of accommodations. Many expatriates have settled there in apartments and villas. You can buy or rent a home according to your budget and your preferences.

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