Western Sahara

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  • Area: 266,000 sq. km (102,703 sq. mi.)
  • Population: 587,020 (2016 est.)
  • Population growth rate: 2.76% (2016 est.)
  • Life expectancy: 63 years (2016)
  • Languages: Standard Arabic (national), Hassaniya Arabic, Moroccan Arabic
  • Religions: Muslim
  • Alternate names: As Şaḩrā' al Gharbīyah
  • Government type: legal status of territory and issue of sovereignty unresolved, territory contested by Morocco and Polisario Front
  • Capital: Laayoune (administrative center)
  • GDP per capita (PPP): $2,500 (2007 est.)
  • Exports: phosphates 62% (2012 est.)
  • Imports: fuel for fishing fleet, foodstuffs
  • Currency: Moroccan dirham (MAD)

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