Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 76.9% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Chad, 1.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Mauritania, that number is 0.3% of people.

live 12.8 years longer


In Chad, the average life expectancy is 51 years (49 years for men, 52 years for women). In Mauritania, that number is 63 years (61 years for men, 66 years for women).

be 2.1 times more likely to be obese


In Chad, 6.1% of adults are obese. In Mauritania, that number is 12.7% of people.

Economy

make 91.3% more money


Chad has a GDP per capita of $2,300, while in Mauritania, the GDP per capita is $4,400.

be 33.6% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Chad, 46.7% live below the poverty line. In Mauritania, however, that number is 31.0%.

spend 33.3% less on taxes


Chad has a top tax rate of 60.0%. In Mauritania, the top tax rate is 40.0%.

Life

be 29.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In Chad, approximately 856.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Mauritania, 602.0 women do.

be 2.3 times more likely to be literate


In Chad, the literacy rate is 22.3%. In Mauritania, it is 52.1%.

be 39.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Chad, approximately 85.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Mauritania, on the other hand, 51.9 children do.

have 14.6% less children


In Chad, there are approximately 35.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Mauritania, there are 30.4 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 7.0 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Chad, 4% of people have electricity access (14% in urban areas, and 1% in rural areas). In Mauritania, that number is 28% of people on average (47% in urban areas, and 2% in rural areas).

be 3.6 times more likely to have internet access


In Chad, approximately 5.0% of the population has internet access. In Mauritania, about 18.0% do.

be 14.0% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Chad, approximately 51% of people have improved drinking water access (72% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas). In Mauritania, that number is 58% of people on average (58% in urban areas, and 57% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 10.3% less on education


Chad spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Mauritania spends 2.6% of total GDP on education.

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 Chad? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, General Inspectorate of Finance.

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