Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 11.5 years longer

In Mauritania, the average life expectancy is 63 years (61 years for men, 66 years for women). In Seychelles, that number is 75 years (70 years for men, 80 years for women).

be 10.2% more likely to be obese

In Mauritania, 12.7% of adults are obese. In Seychelles, that number is 14.0% of people.


make 6.6 times more money

Mauritania has a GDP per capita of $4,400, while in Seychelles, the GDP per capita is $28,900.

be 65.0% less likely to be unemployed

In Mauritania, 11.7% of adults are unemployed. In Seychelles, that number is 4.1%.

spend 62.5% less on taxes

Mauritania has a top tax rate of 40.0%. In Seychelles, the top tax rate is 15.0%.

be 26.8% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Mauritania, 31.0% live below the poverty line. In Seychelles, however, that number is 39.3%.


be 76.2% more likely to be literate

In Mauritania, the literacy rate is 52.1%. In Seychelles, it is 91.8%.

be 80.7% less likely to die during infancy

In Mauritania, approximately 51.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Seychelles, on the other hand, 10.0 children do.

have 54.9% fewer children

In Mauritania, there are approximately 30.4 babies per 1,000 people. In Seychelles, there are 13.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 3.5 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Mauritania, 28% of people have electricity access (47% in urban areas, and 2% in rural areas). In Seychelles, that number is 97% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas).

be 3.1 times more likely to have internet access

In Mauritania, approximately 18.0% of the population has internet access. In Seychelles, about 56.5% do.

be 65.3% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Mauritania, approximately 58% of people have improved drinking water access (58% in urban areas, and 57% in rural areas). In Seychelles, that number is 96% of people on average (96% in urban areas, and 96% in rural areas).


spend 10.5% less on healthcare

Mauritania spends 3.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Seychelles, that number is 3.4% of GDP.

spend 38.5% more on education

Mauritania spends 2.6% of its total GDP on education. Seychelles spends 3.6% of total GDP on education.


see 34.9% less coastline

Mauritania has a total of 754 km of coastline. In Seychelles, that number is 491 km.

Seychelles: At a glance

Seychelles is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 455 sq km. A lengthy struggle between France and Great Britain for the islands ended in 1814, when they were ceded to the latter. Independence came in 1976. Socialist rule was brought to a close with a new constitution and free elections in 1993. President France-Albert RENE, who had served since 1977, was re-elected in 2001, but stepped down in 2004. Vice President James Alix MICHEL took over the presidency and in July 2006 was elected to a new five-year term; he was reelected in May 2011.

How big is Seychelles compared to Mauritania? 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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