Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Mauritania instead of Equatorial Guinea, you would:

Health

be 97.2% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Equatorial Guinea, 7.1% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Mauritania, that number is 0.2% of people as of 2018.

live 1.2 years less


In Equatorial Guinea, the average life expectancy is 66 years (64 years for men, 67 years for women) as of 2020. In Mauritania, that number is 64 years (62 years for men, 67 years for women) as of 2020.

be 58.7% more likely to be obese


In Equatorial Guinea, 8.0% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Mauritania, that number is 12.7% of people as of 2016.

Economy

be 29.5% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Equatorial Guinea, 44.0% live below the poverty line as of 2011. In Mauritania, however, that number is 31.0% as of 2014.

make 88.0% less money


Equatorial Guinea has a GDP per capita of $37,400 as of 2017, while in Mauritania, the GDP per capita is $4,500 as of 2017.

be 18.6% more likely to be unemployed


In Equatorial Guinea, 8.6% of adults are unemployed as of 2014. In Mauritania, that number is 10.2% as of 2017.

pay a 14.3% higher top tax rate


Equatorial Guinea has a top tax rate of 35.0% as of 2016. In Mauritania, the top tax rate is 40.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 19.8% less likely to die during infancy


In Equatorial Guinea, approximately 59.7 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Mauritania, on the other hand, 47.9 children do as of 2020.

be 2.5 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Equatorial Guinea, approximately 301.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Mauritania, 766.0 women do as of 2017.

be 43.9% less likely to be literate


In Equatorial Guinea, the literacy rate is 95.3% as of 2015. In Mauritania, it is 53.5% as of 2017.

Basic Needs

be 24.9% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Equatorial Guinea, approximately 68% of people have improved drinking water access (82% in urban areas, and 32% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Mauritania, that number is 84% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 68% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 38.6% less likely to have access to electricity


In Equatorial Guinea, approximately 68% of people have electricity access (91% in urban areas, and 53% in rural areas) as of 2016. In Mauritania, that number is 42% of people on average (81% in urban areas, and 2% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 20.7% less likely to have internet access


In Equatorial Guinea, approximately 26.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Mauritania, about 20.8% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 2.5 times more coastline


Equatorial Guinea has a total of 296 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 Equatorial Guinea? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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