Facts and stats about Mauritania

3.44 million

Population. Ranked 133th in 2013.


GDP per capita. Ranked 144th in 2012.


Algeria 463 km, Mali 2,237 km, Senegal 813 km, Western Sahara 1,561 km
Largest city Nouakchott - 480,000
Capital city Nouakchott - 480,000
Major language Arabic (official), French, others
Major religion Islam
Monetary unit ouguiya
Alternative names Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Al Jumhuriyah al Islamiyah al Muritaniyah, Muritaniyah, Mauritania
Groups Former French colonies, Hot countries, Least Developed Countries, Muslim countries, Sparsely populated countries, Sub-Saharan Africa, World

Interesting observations about Mauritania

  • Mauritania ranked first for area > land > per capita amongst Muslim countries in 2008.
  • Mauritania ranked first for GDP > composition, by end use > investment in fixed capital amongst Hot countries in 2013.
  • Mauritania ranked first for islam > percentage muslim amongst Former French colonies in 2004.
  • Mauritania ranked 15 places from the bottom for population amongst Sub-Saharan Africa in 2013.
  • Mauritania ranked #6 for agricultural land > sq. km per 1000 globally in 2011.
  • Mauritania ranked #8 for population growth rate amongst Sparsely populated countries in 2013.
  • Mauritania has ranked last for water > drinking water > population with improved drinking water sources > urban since 2003.