Morocco is an important country of Africa. Officially named as The Kingdom of Morocco, it is a constitutional monarchy, headed by The King of Morocco. Moroccan flag displays a green start on red ground. The motto is: God, Homeland, King.
Morocco is also known as Marrakesh, meaning Land of God.
Morocco has a diverse culture inherited from Roman, Arab and European influences.
The history of Morocco dates back to Paleolithic period (200,000 BC). The earliest well-known independent Moroccan empire was the Berber Kingdom of Mauretania under King Bocchus I. The ruins of Chellah in Rabat speak of the ancient heritage of the country.
Barbary Lion is the national emblem of Morocco.
The present day Morocco is a modern and forward looking kingdom of North Africa ruled by the present king Mohammad VI. Morocco assumed independence from Spain on April 7, 1956 after 44 years of occupation.
Morocco is known for its Islamic liberalism and openness towards the West. The kingdom is a Major non-NATO ally of the United States and is in agreement on free trade agreements with the US and the European Union. Morocco is also part of Organization of the Islamic Conference. The population of Morocco consists of Arabs, Berbers, Jews and other minorities of different origins, and speaks Darija or Berber language.
Because of its diverse cultural influences, Moroccan culture is a beautiful blend of different customs and traditions which is visible in its art, literature, food and culture. Moroccan food is a tasteful blend of Arab, European and Mediterranean cuisine.
Morocco architecture is majorly inspired by Turkish and Arab traditions. Moroccan art is second to none in its elegance, detail, colors, beauty and grandeur.
Morocco has Mediterranean climate and beautiful landscape bordered by Atlantic Ocean that reaches past the Strait of Gibraltar in to the Mediterranean Sea. Morocco is also known for its beautiful Essaouira beach and coastline.
Major cities of Morocco are Rabat, Casablanca and Marrakesh. Morocco has a stable economy based majorly on its oil exports.
Morocco has a rich heritage of music and literature. Moroccan players are also well known in the arenas of athletics, swimming, tennis, polo and soccer. Morocco will be hosting the Africa Cup of Nations 2015a t Casablanca, Rabat, Tangier and Marrakesh.
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