Capital: Laayoune

Population: 638,717 (estimated in 2015)

Currency: Moroccan Dirham (MAD)

Official Language: Arabic

Unofficial Languages: Hassaniya Arabic, Moroccan Arabic

Main Religion: Islam

Ethnic Groups: Arab, Berber

Largest Cities: Laayoune, Dakhla, Smara,

Main Sport: Football

Political System: Legal Status Unresolved

National Holidays (2016):

New Year’s Day (January 1)

Independence Manifesto Day (January 11)

Labour Day (May 1)

Eid ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan) (July 6)

Enthronement (July 30)

Oued Ed-Dahab Day (August 14)

Revolution of the King and the People (August 20)

Birthday of King Mohammed VI (August 21)

Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) (September 11)

Islamic New Year (October 2)

Green March Day (November 6)

Independence Day (November 18)

Mouloud (Birth of the Prophet) (December 12)