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Simply browse through the following helpful essential information regarding the Kingdom of Morocco in order to know more details about this country when making the decision to teach English there.
 
Country Information

fez_moroccoNational name: al-Mamlaka al-Maghrebia
Ruler: King Muhammad VI (1999)
Prime Minister: Driss Jettou (2002)
Area: 172,413 sq mi (446,550 sq km)
Monetary unit: Dirham

Population (2005 est.): 32,725,847
- growth rate: 1.6%;
- birth rate: 22.3/1000;
- infant mortality rate: 41.6/1000;
- life expectancy: 70.7;
- density per sq mi: 190

Capital (2003 est.): Rabat, 1,636,600
Largest cities:
- Casablanca, 3,397,000;
- Fez, 941,800;
- Marrakech, 755,200

Languages:
- Arabic (official),
- Berber dialects,
- French often used for business, government, and diplomacy  
Ethnicity/race:
- Arab-Berber 99.1%,
- Jewish 0.2%,
- other 0.7%  
Religions:
- Islam 98.7%,
- Christian 1.1%,
- Jewish 0.2%  
  
Literacy rate: 52% (2003 est.)

Economic summary:
- GDP/PPP (2004 est.): $134.6 billion; per capita $4,200.
- Real growth rate: 4.4%.
- Inflation: 2.1%.
- Unemployment: 12.1%.
- Arable land: 20%.
- Agriculture: barley, wheat, citrus, wine, vegetables, olives; livestock.
- Labor force: 11.02 million; agriculture 50%, services 35%, industry 15% (1999 est.).
- Industries: phosphate rock mining and processing, food processing, leather goods, textiles, construction, tourism.
- Natural resources: phosphates, iron ore, manganese, lead, zinc, fish, salt.
- Exports: $8.466 billion (f.o.b., 2003 est.): clothing, fish, inorganic chemicals, transistors, crude minerals, fertilizers (including phosphates), petroleum products, fruits, vegetables.
- Imports: $12.75 billion (f.o.b., 2003 est.): crude petroleum, textile fabric, telecommunications equipment, wheat, gas and electricity, transistors, plastics.
- Major trading partners: France, Spain, UK, Germany, Italy, U.S., Saudi Arabia.

Communications:
- Telephones: main lines in use: 1.391 million (1998); mobile cellular: 116,645 (1998).
- Radio broadcast stations: AM 27, FM 25, shortwave 6 (1998).
- Radios: 6.64 million (1997).
- Television broadcast stations: 35 (plus 66 repeaters) (1995).
- Televisions: 3.1 million (1997).
- Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 8 (2000).
- Internet users: 400,000 (2002).

Transportation:
- Railways: total: 1,907 km (2002).
gateway_bab_agnaou_marrakech_morocco- Highways: total: 57,707 km; paved: 32,547 km (including 481 km of expressways); unpaved: 25,160 km (2000).
- Ports and harbors: Agadir, El Jadida, Casablanca, El Jorf Lasfar, Kenitra, Mohammedia, Nador, Rabat, Safi, Tangier; also Spanish-controlled Ceuta and Melilla.
- Airports: 63 (2002).