Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Mauritania instead of Belgium, you would:

Health

be 42.5% less likely to be obese


In Belgium, 22.1% of adults are obese. In Mauritania, that number is 12.7% of people.

live 17.7 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Mauritania, that number is 63 years (61 years for men, 66 years for women).

Economy

spend 25.5% less on taxes


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Mauritania, the top tax rate is 40.0%.

make 90.6% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Mauritania, the GDP per capita is $4,400.

be 60.3% more likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Mauritania, that number is 11.7%.

be 2.1 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Mauritania, however, that number is 31.0%.

Life

have 2.7 times more children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Mauritania, there are 30.4 babies per 1,000 people.

be 86.0 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Mauritania, 602.0 women do.

be 15.3 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Mauritania, on the other hand, 51.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 72.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Belgium, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Mauritania, 28% of the population do.

be 79.2% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Mauritania, about 18.0% do.

be 42.1% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Belgium, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas). In Mauritania, that number is 58% of people on average (58% in urban areas, and 57% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 60.6% less on education


Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Mauritania spends 2.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 64.2% less on healthcare


Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Mauritania, that number is 3.8% of GDP.

Geography

see 11.3 times more coastline


Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Mauritania, that number is 754 km.

Mauritania: At a glance

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).

How big is Mauritania compared to Belgium? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Service Public Fédéral Finances, The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance.

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