Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 36.2% less likely to be obese


In Italy, 19.9% of adults are obese. In Mauritania, that number is 12.7% of people.

live 18.9 years less


In Italy, the average life expectancy is 82 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

spend 18.0% less on taxes


Italy has a top tax rate of 48.8%. In Mauritania, the top tax rate is 40.0%.

make 88.5% less money


Italy has a GDP per capita of $38,100, while in Mauritania, the GDP per capita is $4,400.

Life

be 47.5% less likely to be literate


In Italy, the literacy rate is 99.2%. In Mauritania, it is 52.1%.

have 3.5 times more children


In Italy, there are approximately 8.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Mauritania, there are 30.4 babies per 1,000 people.

be 150.5 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Italy, approximately 4.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Mauritania, 602.0 women do.

be 15.7 times more likely to die during infancy


In Italy, approximately 3.3 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 Italy, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Mauritania, 28% of the population do.

be 70.6% less likely to have internet access


In Italy, approximately 61.3% 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 Italy, 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 36.6% less on education


Italy spends 4.1% of its total GDP on education. Mauritania spends 2.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 58.7% less on healthcare


Italy spends 9.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Mauritania, that number is 3.8% of GDP.

Geography

see 90.1% less coastline


Italy has a total of 7,600 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 Italy? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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