Estimate population 267,400 - Capital City El Aaiun
Western Sahara is a region of unresolved sovereignty, it lies on the Atlantic Ocean in north-western Africa. It borders Morocco, Mauritania and Algeria. The territory covers 266,769 square kilometres (103,000 square miles). The Tropic of Cancer cuts through Western Sahara.
Facts About Western Sahara
It has a small coastal fishing industry but its main export value is the deposits of phosphate. The world's largest are found at Bu Craa southeast of El Aaiun. The Moroccan Government currently controls Western Sahara's economy and is a source of employment, infrastructure development, and social spending in the country.