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Flag Description
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

Independence / Republic Days
Independence from France March 2, 1956
- from Spain April 7, 1956

Capital
Rabat

Calling code
+212

Currency
Moroccan dirham (MAD)

Geographic Coordinates
34°02'N 6°51'W

Official language
Bulgarian

Location
Northern Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, between Algeria and Western Sahara

Geographic coordinates
32 00 N, 5 00 W

Map references
Africa

Area
total: 446,550 sq km
country comparison to the world: 58
land: 446,300 sq km
water: 250 sq km

Area - comparative
slightly larger than California

Coastline
1,835 km

Maritime claims
territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 m depth or to the depth of exploitation

Elevation extremes
lowest point: Sebkha Tah -55 m
highest point: Jebel Toubkal 4,165 m

Nationality
noun: Moroccan(s)
adjective: Moroccan

Languages
Arabic (official), Berber languages (Tamazight (official), Tachelhit, Tarifit), French (often the language of business, government, and diplomacy)

National symbol(s)
pentacle symbol; lion

National anthem
name: "Hymne Cherifien" (Hymn of the Sharif)

National Anthem lyrics/music
Ali Squalli HOUSSAINI/Leo MORGAN
note: music adopted 1956, lyrics adopted 1970

Budget
revenues: $26.07 billion
expenditures: $34.51 billion (2013 est.)

Taxes and other revenues
24.9% of GDP (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 131