United States compared to Mauritania

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If you moved to Mauritania from United States, you would..


make 92.3% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Mauritania Mauritania ($4,400 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Mauritania, the GDP per capita is $4,400.
Category: United States vs. Mauritania - GDP Per Capita

live 16.8 years less


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Mauritania Mauritania (63 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Mauritania, the average life expectancy is 63 years.
Category: United States vs. Mauritania - Life Expectancy

consume 98.2% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita)
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Mauritania Mauritania (217 kWh per capita)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Mauritania, that number is 217 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Mauritania - Electricity Consumption

have 2.5 times more babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people)
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Mauritania Mauritania (30.9 babies per 1,000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Mauritania, that number is 30.9 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Mauritania - Birth Rate

be 2.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line


United States United States (15.1% of people)
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Mauritania Mauritania (40% of people)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In Mauritania, that number is 40% of people.
Category: United States vs. Mauritania - Poverty Line

be 41.6% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


United States United States (99.2% of people)
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Mauritania Mauritania (57.9% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Mauritania, 57.9% of people do.
Category: United States vs. Mauritania - Access to Drinking Water

be 9.2 times more likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Mauritania Mauritania (53.3 per 1,000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 5.8 per 1,000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Mauritania, on the other hand, 53.3 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Mauritania - Infant Mortality

be 6.6 times more likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people)
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Mauritania Mauritania (31% of people)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Mauritania, that number is 31% of people.
Category: United States vs. Mauritania - Unemployment

see 96.2% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Mauritania Mauritania (754 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Mauritania, that number is 754 km.
Category: United States vs. Mauritania - Coastline

The statistics on this page are calculated using data sourced from The World Factbook (2017 data).


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A brief history of Mauritania

Mauritania is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 1,030,700 sq km. Independent from France in 1960, Mauritania annexed the southern third of the former Spanish Sahara (now Western Sahara) in 1976 but relinquished it after three years of raids by the Polisario guerrilla front seeking independence for the territory. Maaouya Ould Sid Ahmed TAYA seized power in a coup in 1984 and ruled Mauritania with a heavy hand for more than two decades. A series of presidential elections that he held were widely seen as flawed. A bloodless coup in August 2005 deposed President TAYA and ushered in a military council that oversaw a transition to democratic rule. Independent candidate Sidi Ould Cheikh ABDALLAHI was inaugurated in April 2007 as Mauritania's first freely and fairly elected president. His term ended prematurely in August 2008 when a military junta led by General Mohamed Ould Abdel AZIZ deposed him and installed a military council government. AZIZ was subsequently elected president in July 2009 and sworn in the following month. AZIZ sustained injuries from an accidental shooting by his own troops in October 2012 but has continued to maintain his authority. The country continues to experience ethnic tensions among its black population (Afro-Mauritanians) and white and black Moor (Arab-Berber) communities, and confronts a terrorism threat by al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

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