Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 37.4% less likely to be obese


In Paraguay, 20.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Mauritania, that number is 12.7% of people as of 2016.

live 13.4 years less


In Paraguay, the average life expectancy is 78 years (75 years for men, 81 years for women) as of 2020. In Mauritania, that number is 64 years (62 years for men, 67 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 64.8% less money


Paraguay has a GDP per capita of $12,800 as of 2017, while in Mauritania, the GDP per capita is $4,500 as of 2017.

be 78.9% more likely to be unemployed


In Paraguay, 5.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Mauritania, that number is 10.2% as of 2017.

be 39.6% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Paraguay, 22.2% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In Mauritania, however, that number is 31.0% as of 2014.

Life

have 74.7% more children


In Paraguay, there are approximately 16.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Mauritania, there are 29.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 9.1 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Paraguay, approximately 84.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Mauritania, 766.0 women do as of 2017.

be 43.1% less likely to be literate


In Paraguay, the literacy rate is 94.0% as of 2018. In Mauritania, it is 53.5% as of 2017.

be 2.8 times more likely to die during infancy


In Paraguay, approximately 16.9 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.

Basic Needs

be 57.6% less likely to have access to electricity


In Paraguay, approximately 98% of people have electricity access (100% in urban areas, and 96% 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 68.0% less likely to have internet access


In Paraguay, approximately 65.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Mauritania, about 20.8% do as of 2018.

be 15.6% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Paraguay, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 100% 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.

Expenditures

spend 23.5% less on education


Paraguay spends 3.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Mauritania spends 2.6% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

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 Paraguay? 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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