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Full nameTangier
Official nameTangier
Native nameⵜⴰⵏⵊⴰ
Other nameTangiers
Total Population700000 (2008)


Native Nameطنجة (ar)
Zone internationale de Tanger (fr)
Ciudad abierta de Tánger (es)
Conventional Long NameInternational zone of Tangier
Common NameTangier
Image FlagFlag of International Tangier.svg
FlagList of Moroccan flags
Flag TypeMerchant ensign
RegionNorth Africa
Status TextInternational protectorate
Government TypeRepublic
Year Start1923
Year End1956
Life Span1923 1940

1945 1956
Event PreTreaty of Fez
Date Pre30 March 1912
Event StartFrance, Spain, UK
 protectorate estab.
Date Start
18 December
Event1Italy, Portugal, Belgium
 joined protectors
Date Event1
Event2Netherlands joined
Date Event2
Event3Spanish occupation
Date Event314 June 1940 1945
Event4Moroccan indep.
 recognised by Spain
Date Event4
7 April 1956
Event EndIntegrated into
 independent Morocco
Date End
21 October
P1Spanish Protectorate of Morocco
Flag P1Flag of Morocco 1666 1915.svg
P2Francoist Spain
Flag P2Flag of Spain under Franco 1938 1945.svg
S1Francoist Spain
Flag S1Flag of Spain under Franco 1938 1945.svg
Flag S2Flag of Morocco.svg
Stat Year11939
Stat Area1373
Stat Pop160000

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Tangier, also Tangiers (Tifinagh: ⵜⴰⵏⵊⴰ Tanja, archaic Berber name: Tingi, Arabic: طنجة Ṭanja) is a city in northern Morocco with a population of about 700,000 (2008 census). It lies on the North African coast at the western entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Spartel. It is the capital of the Tangier-Tetouan Region and of the Tangier-Asilah prefecture of Morocco.

The history of Tangier is very rich due to the historical presence of many civilizations and cultures starting from the 5th century BC. Between the period of being a Phoenician town to the independence era around the 1950s, Tangier was a place-and, sometimes a refuge-for many cultures. However, it was not until 1923 that Tangier was attributed an international status by foreign colonial powers, thus becoming a destination for many Europeans, Americans and others.

The city is currently undergoing rapid development and modernization. Projects include new 5-star hotels along the bay, a modern business district called Tangier City Centre, a new airport terminal and a new soccer stadium. Tangier's economy is also set to benefit greatly from the new Tanger-Med port.

Tangier's sport team I.R.T. (or Ittihad Riadi de Tanger) is the main football club and has the most followers. Tangier will be one of the host cities for the 2015 African Nations Cup soccer championship, played at the new Ibn Batouta Stadium and in other cities in Morocco.

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