Nation profile

Western Sahara
As-Sahra al-Gharbiyyah

General information
Population
584.000 inhabitants (2016 projection by UN)
Area
266.000 km2
Institutions
Government of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR, partially recognized)
Major cities
Al-Aaiún (capital city), Bir Lehlou, Dakhla, Smara
State administration
Kingdom of Morocco (80% of territory) and SADR (20%)
Territorial languages
Hassaniyya Arabic
Official languages
Arabic
Major religion
Sunni Islam
National day
27 February (proclamation of independence), 12 October (national unity day)