Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Mauritania instead of Cabo Verde, you would:

Health

live 9.0 years less


In Cabo Verde, the average life expectancy is 72 years (70 years for men, 75 years for women). In Mauritania, that number is 63 years (61 years for men, 66 years for women).

Economy

make 36.2% less money


Cabo Verde has a GDP per capita of $6,900, while in Mauritania, the GDP per capita is $4,400.

be 30.0% more likely to be unemployed


In Cabo Verde, 9.0% of adults are unemployed. In Mauritania, that number is 11.7%.

Life

have 52.0% more children


In Cabo Verde, there are approximately 20.0 babies per 1,000 people. In Mauritania, there are 30.4 babies per 1,000 people.

be 14.3 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Cabo Verde, approximately 42.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Mauritania, 602.0 women do.

be 40.0% less likely to be literate


In Cabo Verde, the literacy rate is 86.8%. In Mauritania, it is 52.1%.

be 2.4 times more likely to die during infancy


In Cabo Verde, approximately 21.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Mauritania, on the other hand, 51.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 60.3% less likely to have access to electricity


In Cabo Verde, 71% of people have electricity access (84% in urban areas, and 47% in rural areas). In Mauritania, that number is 28% of people on average (47% in urban areas, and 2% in rural areas).

be 62.7% less likely to have internet access


In Cabo Verde, approximately 48.2% of the population has internet access. In Mauritania, about 18.0% do.

be 36.9% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Cabo Verde, approximately 92% of people have improved drinking water access (94% in urban areas, and 87% in rural areas). In Mauritania, that number is 58% of people on average (58% in urban areas, and 57% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 51.9% less on education


Cabo Verde spends 5.4% of its total GDP on education. Mauritania spends 2.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 20.8% less on healthcare


Cabo Verde spends 4.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Mauritania, that number is 3.8% of GDP.

Geography

see 21.9% less coastline


Cabo Verde has a total of 965 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 Cabo Verde? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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