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Mauritania
INTRODUCTION
1. Geography
2. Political situation
3. Economy
a. Figures
4. Defense
5. Health
6. Education
a. Universities
7. Demographics
8. Religions
a. Freedom
9. Peoples
10. Languages
11. Human rights
12. History
13. Cities and Towns



























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Index / Economy /
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Figures


Figures here show 2008 estimates, unless otherwise noted. Economic factors can never be given with accuracy. Not because research is inadequate, but because reporting systems vary between companies and sectors, and with this variation follows statistical insecurity.

GDP
Per capita $2,100
Net $6.32 billion
Annual growth 3.5%
Very unstable rate, 1% in 2007, 11% in 2006.
By sector Agriculture 13%
Industry 47%
Services 40%
Annual inflation rate 7.3% (2007)
Foreign debts
Compared to GDP No data
Net No data
Trade
Balance -5%
Exports US$1.4 billion
Main products Iron ore, fish and fish products, gold, copper, petroleum
Main partners China 41%; France 10%; Spain 7%; Italy 7%; Netherlands 5%; Belgium 5%; Cote d'Ivoire 4%
Imports US$1.48 billion
Main products Machinery and equipment, petroleum products, capital goods, foodstuffs, consumer goods
Main partners France 17%; China 9%; Netherlands 6%; Spain 6%; Belgium 5%; US 5%; Brazil 5%
Work life
Official unemployment 30%
Work force Agriculture 50%
Industry 10%
Services 40%
Population below poverty line 40%





By Tore Kjeilen