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Location of Western Sahara


Western Sahara is located in northwestern Africa, and lies within the northern and western hemispheres. The country is bisected by the Tropic of Cancer.

Western Sahara is bordered by the countries of Algeria, Mauritania, and Morocco, as well as the Atlantic Ocean.

Western Sahara's Information

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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)
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