Country Full Name: The Islamic Republic of Mauritania.
Location: Mauritania is in Northern Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Senegal and Western Sahara.
Country Climate: Desert; constantly hot, dry, dusty.
Country Terrain: Mostly barren, flat plains of the Sahara; some central hills.
Major Languages: Arabic (official), French, others.
Major Religions: Islam.
Country Population: 3.0 million (2008 est.) 3.1 million (2009 est.).
Country Economy: The economy of Mauritania still depends on agriculture and livestock for the majority of the population, even though most of the nomads and many subsistence farmers were forced into the cities by recurrent droughts in the 1970s and 1980s. Mauritania has extensive deposits of iron ore, which account for almost 50% of total exports.
Currency: Mauritanian Ouguiya (MRO).
Country Inflation: 7.3% (2008 est.) 4.9% (2009 est.).
City: Nouakchott is the capital and by far the largest city of Mauritania.
City Economy: Nouakchott is the administrative and economic centre of Mauritania.
Cost of Living: Nouakchott has an overall cost of living index which equates it with low cost of living locations. The overall cost of living index is comprised of the prices for defined quantities of the same goods and services across all 13 Basket Groups. Nouakchott is currently ranked 242 overall, most expensive place in the world for expatriates to live, out of 282 international locations.
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