Some facts about Melilla
Melilla ( mə-LEE-yə; Spanish: [meˈliʎa], locally [meˈliʝa]; Berber: Mřič; Arabic: مليلية, Maliliyyah) is a Spanish autonomous city located on the north coast of Africa, sharing a border with Morocco, with an area of 12.3 square kilometres (4.7 sq mi). Melilla, along with Ceuta, is one of two permanently inhabited Spanish cities in mainland Africa. It was part of the Province of Málaga until 14 March 1995, when the city's Statute of Autonomy was passed.
Melilla, like Ceuta, was a free port before Spain joined the European Union. In 2011 it had a population of 78,476, made up of Catholics of Iberian origin (primarily from Andalusia and Catalonia), ethnic Riffian Berbers and a small number of Sephardic Jews and Sindhi Hindus. Spanish and Riffian-Berber are the two most widely spoken languages, with Spanish as the only official language.
Melilla is officially subject to a territorial claim along with the city of Ceuta.
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