Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 11.5 years less


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

Economy

be 21.1% less likely to be live below the poverty line


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

make 84.8% less money


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

be 2.9 times more likely to be unemployed


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

spend 2.7 times more on taxes


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

Life

be 43.2% less likely to be literate


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

have 2.2 times more children


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

be 5.2 times more likely to die during infancy


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

Basic Needs

be 71.1% less likely to have access to electricity


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

be 68.1% less likely to have internet access


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

be 39.5% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


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

Expenditures

spend 27.8% less on education


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

spend 11.8% more on healthcare


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

Geography

see 53.6% more coastline


Seychelles has a total of 491 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 Seychelles? 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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