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Basic information

Latest news from Mauritania

History, politics, geography, economy and more

Mauritania: a country study
Detailed information from the US Library of Congress

CIA World Factbook - Mauritania

Nationmaster: Mauritania 
A compilation of facts and figures from many sources

Medea - Mauritania 
(European Institute for Research on Mediterranean and Euro-Arab Cooperation)

BBC country profile

Maps of Mauritania

Local time

Local weather

Currency converter 
Mauritanian ouguiya (MRO)

Communications in Mauritania (Wikipedia)

National flag of Mauritania

National anthem 
Audio, lyrics and sheet music (National Anthems Reference Page)

Languages of Mauritania
Ethnologue Database

Who's who in Mauritania

Historical and political texts relating to Mauritania


Constitutional background

Text of constitution (1991)

Constitutional information 
Law Library of Congress

Electoral system (Medea)

Elections and parliament (Medea)

List of government ministers (CIA)

Heads of state and prime ministers
Historical list (ZPC database)

Coalition Against Slavery in Mauritania and Sudan

Human rights reports  

Protest movements in Mauritania (2011-2012)
Some useful background


Mauritania timeline
A chronology of key events (from the BBC)

Mauritania: a country study
Includes a substantial historical section

Ancient Mauritania (c. 430 BCE- 550 CE)
Original source material from Herodotus, Strabo and Procopius of Caesarea. (Internet African History Sourcebook)


Mauritanian newspapers  

Press freedom and censorship


US State Department
Consular information and travel advice

British Foreign Office
Travel advice

Lonely Planet 
Online tourist guide to Bahrain

The world's longest train
It's 3km long and the journey takes 12 hours (Miftah Shamali)

Banc d'Arguin Park
A national park of sand dunes and islands, habitat of birds, sea turtles, and dolphins (Unesco)

Travel in Mauritania
(Miftah Shamali)

Expeditions to Mauritania
"Ancient cities, nomadic Moors" (Turtle Tours)

Sahara overland
Tips for motorcyclists willing to risk land mines and other hazards in Mauritania, Algeria, Mali, Niger, Libya, Chad and Western Sahara.

Electricity and phones (Steve Kropla)
Plugs, sockets, TV system, mobile roaming, etc.


World Bank: Mauritania 
Comprehensive economic data

Mauritania and the IMF

Exports (Medea)

Oil, gas, and electricity
US Energy Information Administration

Water in Mauritania
Aquastat country profile (in French)


Government website 
Administration, economy and tourism (in French)

University of Nouakchott
(in French, English and Arabic)


In the Mauritania section


Related pages

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Books from Amazon

The Children of Mauritania: Days in the Desert and by the River Shore
Lauren Goodsmith. Paperback, 1997

Morocco Handbook: With Mauritania (Footprint Handbooks Series)
Anne McLachlan, Keith McLachlan (Contributor). Hardcover, 1997

Silent Terror: A Journey into Contemporary African Slavery
Samuel Cotton. Paperback, 1999

Stories of Women Shanta Rao
Shanta Rao, et al. Hardcover, 1996

Ecological Studies in the Coastal Waters of Mauritania
W.J. Wolff, et al. Hardcover, 1993

Global Restructuring and Peripheral States: The Carrot and the Stick in Mauritania
Mohameden Ould-Mey. Paperback, 1996

Historical Dictionary of Mauritania
Anthony G. Pazzanita, Alfred G. Historical Dictionary of m Gerteiny. Hardcover, 1996

Mauritania (Report from the Aacrao-Aid Project)
Kathleen Trayte. Hardcover, 1996

Mauritania (Enchantment of Africa)
James Hughes. Paperback, 1977

Mauritania (World Bibliographical Series)
Simonetta Calderini, et al. Hardcover, 1992

Mauritania Country Study Guide
USA International Business Publications. Library Binding

Mauritania's Campaign of Terror
Janet Fleischman. Paperback

The Western Saharans: The Background to Conflict
Virginia McLean, Thompson. Hardcover, 1980


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Last revised on 01 November, 2013