Country Description

General information

Official name: Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic

Government: Republic

Area: 266 sq. km

Capital: Laayoune

Official language: Standard Arabic

Other languages: Hassaniya Arabic, Moroccan Arabic

Population: 538,811 (July 2013 est.)

Religion: Muslims

Political Data

Independence day: 14 November 1975

Structure of Government:

The legal status of the territory and issue of sovereignty are unresolved. However, the Western Sahara is recognized by the African Union.

Economic Data

GDP: billion USD

Main economic resources: phosphate mining, handicrafts, camels, sheep, etc

Major Trading Partners:

Legal System

Civil law.

Useful Links

National: Constitution and

Regional: see the African Union website, etc.

Universal: see the United Nations Treaty Online Collection

National Partners of African Law Library