Global Sourcebook for International Data Management

                                         by Graham Rhind

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Morocco

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MOROCCO
MOROCCO

Morocco occupies the territory of Western Sahara, which has rebels fighting for independence (there is currently a cease-fire). Mail destined for Western Sahara will be addressed via the Moroccan postal system. Morocco controls around 80% of Western Sahara. The remaining 20% (along the border with Mauritania) is controlled by the Polisario rebels.

For supplementary information, see links to post office home pages here External, to postal code pages here External and to other personal name and addressing issues pages here External.

Table of Contents

Morocco - Country information

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Local short name form

Official name

Area

Population

Capital

Currency

International telephone access code

212

ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code

MA

Internet country code

MA

GRC Country Code

MOR

Morocco - Number format

   1,234.45

(where . indicates the decimal separator and , the thousands separator)

Morocco - Languages

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Morocco has 11 languages. The official language is Standard Arabic External. There are 40 000 speakers of Hassaniya Arabic External; 18 000 of Judeo-Moroccan Arabic External, 18 800 000 of Moroccan Spoken Arabic External; 50 000 of Ghomara External; 20 000 of Spanish External; 2 300 000 of Tachelhit External; 1 900 000 of Central Atlas Tamazight External and 1 500 000 of Tarifit External.

Morocco - Personal names and forms of address

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In Morocco, Sayed is used as a form of address for men, Lalla for women (regardless of marital status). Sayed is used before the family name, Lalla before the given name.

Morocco maintains a list of mainly Arabic names from which people must choose their children's names. They may choose no more than two given names which may not contain the name of a place or region and may not be a name which can be used to ridicule and it may not be the same as a form of address. For this reason Moroccans tend to have shorter names that people from other Islamic countries, and names rarely contain the Arabic connectors bin or al.

Women usually retain their names upon marriage.

Tables of names can be acquired: given names External, surnames/family names External, family name prefixes External, forms of address External, job titles External

Morocco - Company legal forms

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The following company type will be found:

   SASociété Anonyme

Comprehensive tables of these strings can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/addresses.htm External

Morocco - Addresses

Moroccan addresses have this format:

   Name or company name
   {sub-building indicator}
   House number[ ]STREET NAME
   {LOCALITY}
   Postal code[ ]POSTAL TOWN

For example:

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Addresses written in a non-native language will usually be found written in French. Some will be written in Spanish.

If the delivery office is not in the settlement where the delivery point is, the delivery point settlement is written on the line above the line containing the postal code and postal town like this:

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A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

Building and thoroughfare indicators

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This following list shows building and thoroughfare indicators found in Morocco. They are written mainly in French and Arabic:

   allée
   arsate
   arssa
   avenue
   bloc
   boulevard
   carrière
   charia
   chemin
   cité
   complexe
   cours
   dar
   derb
   diours
   douar
   hadikat
   hangars
   hay
   hôpital
   immeuble
   impasse
   jardin
   kissaria
   lotissement
   manar
   marché
   parc
   passage
   piste
   place
   quartier
   résidence
   rond-point
   route
   rue
   sahat
   siège
   souk
   square
   zankat
   zone

Comprehensive tables of these strings can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/addresses.htm External

Morocco - Post office box

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This is often found in its French form – Boîte Postale.

Morocco - Postal codes

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Moroccan postal codes (Code Postal) consist of a block of 5 digits, introduced on 1st January 1997. The code can begin with any number except 0. Each city or area has its own postal code with the exception of the cities of Fés, Rabat (3 codes – 10000, 10050 and 10100) and Casablanca (13 codes – 20000, 20050, 20100, 20150, 20200, 20250, 20300, 20350, 20400, 20450, 20500, 20550, 20600).

The first two digits refer to a province, the third to a sub-central delivery office and the final two to a delivery office.

Metadata containing postal code formatting rules, exceptions and regular expressions can be acquired External

Morocco - Postal code format graphic

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Morocco - Postal code format

Morocco - Postal code specifics

Morocco - Postal code regular expression

\A[1-9]\d{4,4}\Z

Morocco - Postal code level of coverage

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Morocco - Postal code map

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Place names in Morocco

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Morocco’s large Berber- (Tamazight) speaking population have their own names for some Moroccan settlements. Refer to Exonyms in Morocco for these and full lists of place names in Morocco in other languages.

Alternate place name forms/postal code tables can be acquired at http://www.grcdi.nl/settlements.htm External

Other language place name data can be acquired at http://www.grcdi.nl/otherlanguageplace.htm External

Morocco - Administrative districts

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Administrative districts graphic

Telephone numbers in Morocco

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Moroccan numbers have no area codes and a length of 9 digits when called from abroad. Mobile numbers commence with a 6 or 7.

Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/telephone.htm External


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All information copyright Graham Rhind 2017. Any information used should be acknowledged and referenced.