A developing country, also called a less-developed country (LDC), is a nation with a low living standard, underdeveloped industrial base, and low Human Development Index (HDI) relative to other countries. There is no universal, agreed-upon criterion for what makes a country developing versus developed and which countries fit these two categories, although there are general reference points such as a nation's GDP per capita compared to other nations.
Countries with more advanced economies than other developing nations but that have not yet demonstrated signs of a developed country, are often categorized under the term newly industrialized countries.
Developing countries are, according to certain authors as Walt Whitman Rostow, countries in transition from various traditional lifestyles towards the modern lifestyle begun by the Industrial Revolution in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Morocco (Arabic: المغرب (al-Maġrib); Berber: ⵍⵎⴰⵖⵔⵉⴱ (Lmaġrib), French: Maroc), officially the Kingdom of Morocco, is the most westerly of the North African countries. It is one of three countries (Spain, France) to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines, and it also has a rugged mountain interior. The Arabic name al-Mamlakah al-Maġribiyah (Arabic: المملكة المغربية), which translates to "The Western Kingdom", and Al-Maghrib (Arabic: المغرب), or Maghreb, meaning "The West", are commonly used as alternate names.
Morocco has a population of over 32 million and an area of 446,550 square kilometres (172,410 sq mi). The political capital is Rabat, although the largest city is Casablanca; other major cities include Marrakech, Tangier, Tetouan, Salé, Fes, Agadir, Meknes, Oujda, Kenitra, and Nador. Morocco has a history of independence not shared by its neighbours. Its culture is a blend of Arab, Berber (indigenous African) and also other African and European influences.