Ten facts about Morocco, which will surprise you
Our ideas about the African country as far from the truth, as the opinion that roam our streets bears with balalaika. Find out the truth.
"The Kingdom of Morocco - a country in North Africa", - stated in the "Wikipedia". What do you know about this country? Ripe tangerines, endless dunes and herds of camels ... In fact, the landscape of the country fully reflects its character - a varied and contrasting. Maghreb (as they say on local homeland) by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, the Mediterranean Sea - in the north. Almost across the country stretches ridge of the Atlas Mountains, and only in the extreme south can touch the sands of the Sahara. What else we can surprise this distant African country?
In Morocco (read - Africa) snow - a common occurrence
In the homeland of the most delicious mandarins in the foothill areas of winter snow will not surprise anybody. Locals mold snowmen not worse than ours. And in the north-west of the state, 75 km from a hot (in summer) in Marrakech, even a ski station Ukaimden, where you can walk down the snowy slopes not only skiing, but also tobogganing and snowboarding. Further north the whole city covered with snow. Because of powdered snow roof and its distinctive architectural style in the winter season the Moroccan town of Ifrane at all similar to the Swiss town of Piedmont.
This modern country
"Africa = poverty and backwardness" - is a myth. In Morocco fine roads, including a constantly expanding network of toll roads (two lanes in each direction and the permitted speed of 120 km / h).
Banks and mobile communication centers are actively using electronic queuing function and utility receipts for electricity and water on the basis of performance counters are automatically generated and sent to the addresses without bothering tenants calculations and design. Due to lack of oil and gas fields by the government is actively looking for development of alternative energy sources. Last year, King Mohammed VI officially launched the first fragment of the solar energy concentrator in the Sahara. It is planned that by 2020, when earned all three parts of this installation, the kingdom will be able to provide up to half of their electricity needs at the expense of this natural energy source. This high-tech facility of 500,000 12-meter mirrors clearly visible even from outer space, and in the coming years will be the largest solar plant in the world.
The majority of people in the country - the Berbers, not Arabs, and they are now in 2967
Although Morocco and belongs to the Arab countries, according to various sources, about 60% of the Moroccan population is Berber. The word "Berber" in relation to the North African ethnic groups used in Europe since the XVII century. Berbers - a very heterogeneous ethnic group. Only in Morocco can be found rifyan, tamazihov and shlohov. They have their own culture and language. It is thought that the Berber alphabet existed for more than 2000 years ago, so it is not surprising that on the calendar at the Berbers are now outside the window in 2967 (although the very kingdom officially lives on the general chronology for the entire planet). Since 2011, Morocco tamazihsky (Berber) language became a state along with Arabic.
Morocco closer to Europe than we think
The narrow 14-kilometer strip of Gibraltar separates Europe and Africa. Standing on the African coast of Morocco, you can easily monitor the movement of vehicles in the European Spanish. And the two Spanish enclaves (Ceuta and Melilla) situated in the territory of the kingdom. So to get to Europe, you can, you can tell if there is a Schengen visa without leaving Morocco.
It is the oldest university in the world
With 859 runs in Fez University, founded the daughter of a Tunisian merchant Fatima. It is the world's oldest institution of higher education is named after her family - Al-Karaouine. Diplomas in the traditional European sense it began to issue only since 1947, but within the walls of Al-Karaouine at different times received knowledge of such well-known philosophers and scientists such as Ibn Khaldun, Maimonides, Al-Idrisi, Leo Africanus. Presumably, there he studied mathematics Pope Sylvester II.
Argan oil is produced only in Morocco
Argan oil (or liquid gold as it is often called) is made from the seeds of the argan tree only in Morocco, but has gained fans around the world. Today even the largest cosmetic brand launched a special line of hair care and skin care based on Argan oil, and so its popularity is not surprising. According to its properties, and even production technology, which is still not automated, it is unique. To obtain 1 liter of argan oil, it is necessary to process about 50 kg of fruit (with approximately seven trees). First collected fruit tree argan dried in the sun, are then purified from the fibers, and then, breaking the rock shell pitted fruit extract those same seeds argan from which to obtain using a mechanical press argan oil (it is worth noting that only the process of obtaining nucleoli argan fruit of the seed requires about 12 hours of heavy physical labor).
In addition to cosmetic products Argan oil is added to food. Grind almond paste with the addition of argan oil in Morocco is supplied during teas.
The Moroccan Sultan Ismail is considered the father of many children in the world
According to the Guinness Book of Records the legendary Sultan Moulay Ismail who ruled Morocco from 1672 by 1727, recognized as the father of many children in the history. Vigorous governor who possessed harem of five hundred concubines attribute record number of successors - 888 (700 of which - boys). In this case, the French diplomat Dominique Busno, who arrived on a visit to the sultanate in 1704, claimed that the governor at that time was a 1171 baby.
The first blogger-traveler - Moroccan
Few people know that the first blogger and traveler born in the distant XIV century in Morocco. The northern city of Tangier became the cradle of the works of the author of "The gift of beholding wonders of cities and wonderful travels" Ibn Battuta. His journey of a lifetime Battuta started in '22. And for 28 years, he has visited North and West Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, India, and China, Andalusia, Turkey, Iraq and Iran, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. "Traveling deprive you of speech, and then converted into a better storyteller," - stated by Ibn Battuta. After the famous countryman named in Tangier Airport.
There are good wages and affordable prices
The doctor in the Kingdom of Morocco - perhaps one of the most respected and prestigious professions. And this is expressed not only in terms of population, but also in the corresponding material reward labor followers of Hippocrates. Thus, the wages of a young doctor in the public health care institutions - not less than € 800. According to 2016, the average salary in the public sector in the month is about € 750.
Thus liter of gasoline in Morocco varies € 1, electricity pay about 1 € 10 kWh, water is estimated at € 3, 5, 10 m³. (For comparison, in neighboring Spain petrol - € 1, 2, € 1, 5 - 10 kW · hr, water - € 10 10 m³). A liter of milk can be bought in Morocco for € 0, 8 liter bottle of olive oil - for € 5, a dozen eggs - for € 1, 2, and a kilogram of chicken or ground beef will cost € 4, € 4 and 8, respectively. Expensive property in Morocco is estimated, however, there is a so-called "social housing" (a small apartment with two bedrooms and living room can be purchased for € 28 000 - 30 000).
In Morocco, removed a huge amount of popular movies and TV shows
The favorable climatic conditions and the beauty of the local landscapes forced to look venerable directors towards the Maghreb. Starting with the legendary film 60's "Lawrence of Arabia" Every year there are hundreds of films come to life. And established in 1983 near the town of Ouarzazate studio "Atlas" 20 hectares is by far the largest in the world. It was here filming movies, "Gladiator", "Alexander", "Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra," "007: Spectrum" and even the third season of the cult TV series "Game of Thrones".