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Geography Statistics of Western Sahara

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
  • Coastline: 689 miles (1,110 km)
  • Land Area:
    (land) 102,703 sq miles (266,000 sq km)
    (water) 0 sq miles (0 sq km)
    (TOTAL) 102,703 sq miles (266,000 sq km)

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  • Land Area: (all countries)
  • Land Divisions: n/a
  • Horizontal Width: 173.65 miles (279.47 km) from Boujdour east to Semara
  • Vertical Length: 462.84 miles (744.88 km) from Laayoune south to Bir Gandouz

    Note: Lengths and widths are point-to-point, straight-line measurements from a Mercator map projection, and will vary some using other map projections
  • Bordering Countries: (3) Algeria, Mauritania, Morocco
  • Geographic Center: About 78.93 miles (127.02 km) southwest of Guelta Zemmur
  • Highest Point: unnamed peak 2,641 ft. (805 m)
  • Lowest Point: Sebjet Tah -180 ft. (-55 m)
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