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Morocco

Long Name: Kingdom of Morocco

Location: Northern Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, between Algeria and Western Sahara

Area: 172,413 sq. mi. (446,550 sq. km)

Climate: Mediterranean, becoming more extreme in the interior

Terrain: northern coast and interior are mountainous with large areas of bordering plateaus, intermontane valleys, and rich coastal plains

Population: 34,343,220 Population Growth Rate: 1.505%

Birth Rate (per 1,000): 21.31

Death Rate (per 1,000): 5.49

Life Expectancy: 71.52 years

Ethnic Groups: Arab-Berber 99.1%, other 0.7%, Jewish 0.2%

Religion: Muslim 98.7%, Christian 1.1%, Jewish 0.2%

Languages: Arabic (official), Berber dialects, French often the language of business, government, and diplomacy

Literacy: 52.3%

Government Type: constitutional monarchy

Capital: Rabat

Independence: 2 March 1956 (from France)

GDP Per Capita: $3,700

Occupations: agriculture 40%, industry 15%, services 45%

Currency: Moroccan dirham (MAD)

Mozambique

Long Name: Republic of Mozambique

Location: Southeastern Africa, bordering the Mozambique Channel, between South Africa and Tanzania

Area: 309,494 sq. mi. (801,590 sq. km)

Climate: tropical to subtropical

Terrain: mostly coastal lowlands, uplands in center, high plateaus in northwest, mountains in west

Population: 21,284,700 Population Growth Rate: 1.792%

Birth Rate (per 1,000): 38.21

Death Rate (per 1,000): 20.29

Life Expectancy: 41.04 years

Ethnic Groups: African 99.66% (Makhuwa, Tsonga, Lomwe, Sena, and others), Europeans 0.06%, Euro-Africans 0.2%, Indians 0.08%

Religion: Catholic 23.8%, Muslim 17.8%, Zionist Christian 17.5%, other 17.8%, none 23.1%

Languages: Emakhuwa 26.1%,

Xichangana 11.3%, Portuguese 8.8% (official; spoken by 27% of population as a second language), Elomwe 7.6%, Cisena 6.8%, Echuwabo 5.8%, other Mozambican languages 32%, other foreign languages 0.3%, unspecified 1.3% Literacy: 47.8%

Government Type: republic Capital: Maputo

Independence: 25 June 1975 (from Portugal)

GDP Per Capita: $800

Occupations: agriculture 81% , industry 6%, services 13%

Currency: metical (MZM)

Myanmar

Long Name: Union of Myanmar

Location: Southeastern Asia, bordering the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal, between Bangladesh and Thailand

Area: 261,969 sq. mi. (678,500 sq. km)

Climate: tropical monsoon; cloudy, rainy, hot, humid summers (southwest monsoon, June to September); less cloudy, scant rainfall, mild temperatures, lower humidity during winter (northeast monsoon, December to April)

Terrain: central lowlands ringed by steep, rugged highlands

Population: 47,758,180

Population Growth Rate: 0.8%

Birth Rate (per 1,000): 17.23

Death Rate (per 1,000): 9.23

Life Expectancy: 62.94 years

Ethnic Groups: Burman 68%, Shan 9%, Karen 7%, Rakhine 4%, Chinese 3%, Indian 2%, Mon 2%, other 5%

Religion: Buddhist 89%, Christian 4% (Baptist 3%, Roman Catholic 1%), Muslim 4%, animist 1%, other 2%

Languages: Burmese, minority ethnic groups have their own languages

Literacy: 89.9%

Government Type: military junta Capital: Rangoon

Independence: 4 January 1948 (from United Kingdom)

GDP Per Capita: $1,900

Occupations: agriculture 70%, industry 7%, services 23%

Currency: kyat (MMK)

Namibia

Long Name: Republic of Namibia

Location: Southern Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Angola and South Africa

Area: 318,694 sq. mi. (825,418 sq. km)

Climate: desert; hot, dry; rainfall sparse and erratic

Terrain: mostly high plateau; Namib Desert along coast; Kalahari Desert in east

Population: 2,088,669

Population Growth Rate: 0.947%

Birth Rate (per 1,000): 23.19

Death Rate (per 1,000): 14.07

Life Expectancy: 49.89 years

Ethnic Groups: black 87.5%, white 6%, mixed 6.5% (about 50% of the population belong to the Ovambo tribe and 9% to the Kavangos tribe; other ethnic groups include Herero 7%, Damara 7%, Nama 5%, Caprivian 4%, Bushmen 3%, Baster 2%, Tswana 0.5%)

Religion: Christian 80% to 90% (Lutheran 50% at least), indigenous beliefs 10% to 20%

Languages: English 7% (official), Afrikaans common language of most of the population and about 60% of the white population, German 32%, indigenous languages 1% (includes Oshivambo, Herero, Nama)

Literacy: 85%

Government Type: republic

Capital: Windhoek

Independence: 21 March 1990 (from South African mandate)

GDP Per Capita: $5,200

Occupations: agriculture 47%, industry 20%, services 33%

Currency: Namibian dollar (NAD); South African rand (ZAR)

 
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