General information

Capital: Nouakchott

Currency unit: Mauritanian ouguiya

Official language: Arabic

Area: 1,030,700 km²

Population in million: 4.4 

GDP per capita (current US dollars): 1,137 

GDP per capita, PPP (current international $): 3,950 


Labor force participation rate (% of total population ages 15+): 49.4 

Annual growth rate of the population: 2.7 %

Mortality rate, infant (per 1,000 live births): 53.3 %

Life expectancy at birth: 63.2 ans

Youth literacy rate Literacy rate, youth total (% of people ages 15-24): 52 %


Gross domestic product (GDP) in billions of US dollars: 5.02 

Agriculture value added of GDP: 22.9 

Industry value added of GDP: 28.7 

Services value added of GDP: 35.4 


Total exports in billions of US dollars: 2.76 

Total imports in billions of US dollars: 3.51 

Major manufactured products (as % of total exports) :
Cartons, boxes, cases, bags and other packing containers of paper (0.07 %)
Tubes and pipes, seamless, of iron or steel (0.00 %)

Weight of major primary products excluding minerals and oil (as % of total exports) :
Frozen fish (12.09 %)
Molluscs (8.07 %)
Fresh or chilled fish (1.82 %)
Animal meals, unfit for human consumption (1.46 %)
Fats and oils (0.29 %)

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              Macroeconomic competitiveness

              Mauritania: 63
              Breakdown by component
              Macroeconomic competitiveness63
              PPP conversion factor ratio
              Mauritania: 86
              Effective PPP conversion factor ratio (net of productivity)
              Mauritania: 63