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Western Sahara's Information

Flag of Western Sahara
Land Area 266,000 km2
Total Area 266,000km2
Population 587,020 (#169)
Population Density 2.21/km2
Government Type Legal Status Of Territory And Issue Of Sovereignty Unresolved - Territory Contested By Morocco And Polisario Front (Popular Front For The Liberation Of The Saguia El Hamra And Rio De Oro), Which In February 1976 Formally Proclaimed A Government-in-exile Of The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), Near Tindouf, Algeria, Was Led By President Mohamed ABDELAZIZ Until His Death In May 2016; Current President Brahim GHALI Elected In July 2016; Territory Partitioned Between Morocco And Mauritania In April 1976 When Spain Withdrew, With Morocco Acquiring Northern Two-thirds; Mauritania, Under Pressure From Polisario Guerrillas, Abandoned All Claims To Its Portion In August 1979; Morocco Moved To Occupy That Sector Shortly Thereafter And Has Since Asserted Administrative Control; The Polisario's Government-in-exile Was Seated As An Organization Of African Unity (OAU) Member In 1984 - Morocco Between 1980 And 1987 Built A Fortified Sand Berm Delineating The Roughly 80 Percent Of Western Sahara West Of The Barrier That Currently Is Controlled By Morocco; Guerrilla Activities Continued Sporadically Until A UN-monitored Cease-fire Was Implemented On 6 September 1991 (Security Council Resolution 690) By The United Nations Mission For The Referendum In Western Sahara (MINURSO)
GDP (PPP) $906.50 Million
GDP Per Capita $2,500
Currency Dirham (MAD)
Largest Cities
  • Name: Western Sahara
  • Major City: Laayoune (196,331 pop.)
  • Western Sahara Population: 538,811 (2013 est.)
  • World Populations (all countries)
  • Currency: Moroccan Dirham
    (conversion rates)

    Moroccan Dirham
    10 Moroccan Dirhams
  • Ethnicity: Arab, Berber
  • GDP total: $906.5 million (2007 est.)
  • GDP per capita: $2,500 (2007 est.)
  • Land Sizes
  • Language: Hassaniya Arabic, Moroccan Arabic
  • Largest Cities: (by population) Laayoune, Ad Dakhla
  • Name: Self-descriptive
  • National Day: n/a
  • Religion: Muslim
  • Symbols
This page was last updated on July 7, 2016.

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