Population: 33 million
Size: 459,000 square kilometres
Language: Officially Arabic and since the new constitution also the Berber language, Tamazight; French is a common business and academic language – مرحبا! (marḥaba!)
National holiday: 30 July (Mohammed VI's accession to the throne in 1999)
Morocco has various climatic zones. The winters are colder and it rains more in the north, while in the south the summers can be extremely hot and the winters are milder. It is therefore best to go on holiday to the interior between March and May or October and November or between April and November to the north west.
Over 98 % of the Moroccan population are Muslim. Fasting is a form of worship to them. They fast for a whole month during the month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, Muslims do not eat or drink anything between sunrise and sunset and do not commit any kind of "sin", for example they do not talk badly about other people.
After sunset they meet with friends and family and eat together. At the end of the month of fasting they celebrate the three day "Eid" or Sugar Feast festival. Everyone visits each other taking presents with them. They mainly eat sweet foods during these three days.