Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 19.2 years less


In Guernsey, the average life expectancy is 83 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women). In Mauritania, that number is 63 years (61 years for men, 66 years for women).

Economy

make 91.6% less money


Guernsey has a GDP per capita of $52,500, while in Mauritania, the GDP per capita is $4,400.

be 9.8 times more likely to be unemployed


In Guernsey, 1.2% of adults are unemployed. In Mauritania, that number is 11.7%.

Life

have 3.1 times more children


In Guernsey, there are approximately 9.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Mauritania, there are 30.4 babies per 1,000 people.

be 15.3 times more likely to die during infancy


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

be 78.4% less likely to have internet access


In Guernsey, approximately 83.3% of the population has internet access. In Mauritania, about 18.0% do.

Geography

see 15.1 times more coastline


Guernsey has a total of 50 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 Guernsey? 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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