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Casablanca, Morocco

Overview

  • As home to the nation's leading port, Casablanca, a Spanish word meaning “white house” is the largest city in Morocco and the 6th largest city on the African continent.
  • Even though Rabat is the political capital of Morocco, Casablanca is considered the country's economic and business center. With its rich history and unique traditions, Casablanca began to grow as a port in the 12th century. Destroyed by the Portuguese in 1468 and 1515, Casablanca was restored by King Abdullah in the 18th century. After French rule began in 1907, the number of foreign residents grew and Casablanca emerged as an African city with a decidedly European vibe.
  • With the establishment of consulates, banks, trading companies, factories, warehouses, movie theaters and sports clubs in the city, Casablanca rapidly became modernized. Ever since the famous American classic film "Casablanca", the city has been more famous than Morocco.
  • On April 26, 2011, Mayor Hur, Nam-sik of Busan and Mayor Mohammed Sajid of Casablanca signed the Agreement on the Establishment of the Sister City Relationship in the City of Casablanca.

At a Glance

  • Location: Northwest Africa (at a similar latitude to Korea)
  • Area: 324㎢
  • Population: 3,672,900 (2009)
  • Climate: Mediterranean
  • Major industry: Tourism, Industry (90% of the nation's output)
  • Contact
    • Address: Conseil de la Ville de Casablanca - Place Mohammed V
    • Department: International Relations Division
    • Telephone: +212-661-04-7117
    • FAX: +212-22-22-6114
    • Website: http://www.casablanca.ma/index/

History of Exchanges

  • Jan. 2010
    During the visit by Mr. Kim, Hyeong-o, former Speaker of the Korean National Assembly, Casablanca City proposed sisterhood ties.
  • Nov. 2010
    Working-level visit to Casablanca to discuss the draft Agreement and to set the date for the signing ceremony
  • April 26, 2011
    Mayor Hur, Nam-sik visited the City of Casablanca and signed the Agreement on the Establishment of the Sister City Relationship.

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