Western Sahara

Continent – Africa

Region – North Africa

Size – 266,000 km2

Geography – Arid land, small mountains, desert,

Language – Moroccan Arabic, Spanish, Berber, Hassaniya Arabic

Religion – 99.9% Sunni Muslims

Monetary Unit – Moroccan dirham (MAD)

Natural Resources – Phosphates, iron ore, sand, uranium, titanium, fishing resources

Agriculture – Fruits and vegetables grown in the few oases

Industry – Phosphates, fishing

Neighboring Countries – Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania

Population – 586,000

Population Growth Rate – 3.097%

Average Life Expectancy – 62.64 years

Capital City – Laayoune

Highest Mountain – Lahraycha

Yearly Rainfall – Below 50 mm

Plant Life – Relict Mediterranean vegetation including wild olive trees, Saharan cypress, and Saharan myrtle

Animal Life – 40 species of mammals including fox, addax, camel, sheep, goat, scorpion, snake

Bird Life – 207 species of birds including ducks, geese, swans, ostriches, larks, swallows and martins, finches, sparrows, shrikes, crows

Aquatic Life – Whales, dolphins, porpoises

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