Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Mauritania instead of Congo, Republic of the, you would:

Health

be 92.3% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Congo, Republic of the, 2.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Mauritania, that number is 0.2% of people as of 2018.

live 3.2 years longer


In Congo, Republic of the, the average life expectancy is 61 years (60 years for men, 63 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 32.3% more likely to be obese


In Congo, Republic of the, 9.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Mauritania, that number is 12.7% of people as of 2016.

Economy

be 71.7% less likely to be unemployed


In Congo, Republic of the, 36.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2014. In Mauritania, that number is 10.2% as of 2017.

be 33.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Congo, Republic of the, 46.5% live below the poverty line as of 2011. In Mauritania, however, that number is 31.0% as of 2014.

make 33.8% less money


Congo, Republic of the has a GDP per capita of $6,800 as of 2017, while in Mauritania, the GDP per capita is $4,500 as of 2017.

Life

be 2.0 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 378.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Mauritania, 766.0 women do as of 2017.

be 33.4% less likely to be literate


In Congo, Republic of the, the literacy rate is 80.3% as of 2018. In Mauritania, it is 53.5% as of 2017.

have 11.0% fewer children


In Congo, Republic of the, there are approximately 32.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Mauritania, there are 29.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 2.4 times more likely to have internet access


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 8.7% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Mauritania, about 20.8% do as of 2018.

be 26.3% less likely to have access to electricity


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 57% of people have electricity access (74% in urban areas, and 23% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Mauritania, that number is 42% of people on average (81% in urban areas, and 2% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 43.5% less on education


Congo, Republic of the spends 4.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2015. Mauritania spends 2.6% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 4.5 times more coastline


Congo, Republic of the has a total of 169 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 Congo, Republic of the? 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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