Want to know more about Morocco? Here are 25 Interesting Facts about Morocco that you probably didn’t know before reading this!
To make this even more fun, I want to challenge you as well. How many of these Morocco facts did you know before reading this? Share your result in the comment section!
Home to the oldest university in the world
The University of Karueein is the oldest still existing university in the world and was founded already in 859 AD in the city of Fes.
Morocco has a wide range of landscapes
Moroccans can pride themselves on living in a country that is diverse in nature and landscapes. Morocco has beautiful beaches, high mountains, desert landscapes, lush oases as well as snowy landscapes.
There are more active cell phones than people
There are some 35.74 million people living in Morocco, but there are at least 44 million active cell phones in the country. Smartphones are the most common way to access the internet and social media networks.
Citrus fruits are some of the country’s major exports
Tangerines, clementines, and mandarins are all citrus fruits that are very common Moroccan fruits growing in abundance. Many of these are sold in the local markets, but a good chunk is also exported to other countries.
Muslims make up 99% of the population
Almost all residents in Morocco are Muslims, and Islam is well integrated into daily life and culture.
Although 99% of the population is considered being Muslim, not everyone is religious. This is especially true for Moroccans from the younger generations where many are non-practicing Muslims except when it comes to Ramadan and other Islamic events and holidays.
Islam is the official state religion, but the freedom to worship and congregation is given to anyone by the Moroccan constitution.
More than 112,000 tonnes of dates are exported annually
Compared to the largest exporters of dates, the Moroccan production and export are actually relatively small, but still, more than 112,000 tonnes of dates are exported every year, and the government’s goal is to up the production to 160,000 tonnes by 2020.
Half of the Moroccan economy is based on the service sector
Tourism is a very important part of the Moroccan economy, and more than half of the country’s GDP comes from the service sector. In addition to the service sector, phosphate minerals and agriculture, as well as exports of fish & seafood account for the major part of the local economy.
There is a city painted in blue color all over
Chefchaouen is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Morocco, and it’s particularly known for being all painted in blue. The city is filled with bluewashed houses and old charming alleys.
More than 10 million tourists visit the country every year
Many of the tourists coming to Morocco either visit Agadir or Marrakesh but recently more tourists are also exploring other places such as Chefchaouen, Fes, and Essaouira.
A little more than 10 million tourists are coming to Morocco each year, and most of these are French or Spanish, or from some other European country.
Green tea with mint is one of the most common beverages
Since 99% of the people are Muslim, alcohol consumption is quite uncommon since it’s forbidden by the Muslim faith. So, the most popular beverage is instead Green Tea with mint, which is often nicknamed “Moroccan Whiskey”.
It’s the national drink, and you’ll find Moroccans drinking this all over the country, every day. This is one of the many interesting facts about Morocco!
Rabat is the capital, but it’s not the largest city
Rabat is the capital of Morocco, but it’s only the 7th largest city in the country. Rabat is a historic city which is characterized by Islamic and French-colonial architecture. Casablanca is the largest city with more than 3.7 million residents.
There are many Berber villages in the Atlas Mountains
While the major cities in Morocco are becoming more modern as time goes by, there are many traditional Berber villages scattered in proximity to the Atlas mountains.
In some of these villages, it almost feels like time stood still, and they’re very interesting to visit.
Over 1 million Moroccans are living in France
A large part of the immigrants in France is Moroccans who have migrated since the 1960s to present time in search of a better economic situation. In Spain, there are another 700 000 Moroccans that are living primarily in the southern parts.
In total, some 5.6 million Moroccans are living abroad of which 5.1 million Moroccans are living in Europe.
It’s the only exporter of Argan Oil
If you’re an avid user of hair products, you have likely used some product containing Argan Oil, which is one of the holy grails of haircare. What’s even more interesting about Argan Oil is that it comes from the Argan tree, which is endemic to Morocco.
You can go skiing in Morocco
While Morocco is a popular holiday destination for sunbathing, you can actually go skiing as well. The most popular ski resort is called Oukaimeden where January through March is the best time to go skiing.
This is quite unique since you can experience the heat of the desert as well as the cold in the mountains in the same day.
5 x Fun Facts about Morocco
- Traditional cookery Tv-shows are very popular to watch on local television channels
- In Moroccan culture, the liver is considered the center of love, not the heart
- Morocco is the largest exporter of Sardines in the world
- Fatima is the most popular girl’s name
- Moroccans typically love cats but don’t like dogs
5 x Morocco Facts for Kids
- Football is the national sport of Morocco
- The national costume is called Djellaba
- Only 14 kilometers separates Morocco from Europe
- The Barbary lion is the country’s national animal
- It’s located in North Africa with borders to Western Sahara and Algeria as well as the Spanish enclaves Ceuta and Melilla
General Facts about Morocco
Below are some general information such as total population, land area, biggest lake, highest mountain and other general facts about Morocco that might be interesting to know.
- Total Population: 35,740,000
- Capital: Rabat
- Life expectancy: 75.82 years
- Highest Mountain: Toubkai at 4,167 meters (13,671 ft)
- Total area: 446,550 sq km (172,414 sq mi)
- Largest Lake: Bin el Ouidane
- National Day: 18 November
- Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
- Monarch: Mohammed VI
- Currency: Moroccan dirham (MAD)
- Official language: Arabic and Berber
- Religion: Islam
- National song: النشيد الوطني المغربي (Arabic) ⵉⵣⵍⵉ ⴰⵏⴰⵎⵓⵔ ⵏ ⵍⵎⵖⵔⵉⴱ
- Time zone: UTC+1
- Country Number/Prefix: +212
- Country Code: MA
The Biggest Cities in Morocco
If you’re looking for facts about Morocco, it might also be interesting to know which are the biggest cities. Here’s a list of the top 10 biggest cities ranked after population.
Flag of Morocco
The Moroccan flag is characterized by the red color and green pentagram in the middle. The red color symbolizes the descent from the royal Alaouite dynasty.
Map of Morocco
Below is a map where Morocco’s territory is marked in yellow.
How many of these Moroccan Facts did you know beforehand? Share your result in the comment section below!