Largest Cities in Mauritania
Facts about Mauritania
Official languages: Arabic, French, Wolof
Area: 1,030,700 km²
Population: 3.2 million residents
Population density: 3.11 residents per km²
Internet TLD: .mr
ISO codes: MR , MRT, 478
The country code for Mauritania is +222
Flag of Mauritania
The base of the flag of Mauritania consists of a green leaf, on which is depicted a yellow crescent carrying a yellow five-pointed star above it. The flag thus has both traditional African and Islamic symbolism. Yellow and green are traditional pan-Arab colors and green, along with the crescent moon and star, has significance for the predominantly Muslim population. Berber nomads took control of the country in the 11th century, and Mauritania became the center of the Muslim faith, which they spread throughout North Africa. In the 16th century, the Berbers succumbed to the Arabs, who ruled here until the 20th century, when Mauritania was conquered by the French. The current flag was adopted in 1959 when the country achieved independence from France.
Mauritania is a country in northwestern Africa, on the Atlantic Ocean. The country is almost three times the size of Germany and, with the exception of a thorn-bush savannah zone from the capital Nouakchott, consists of desert along the southern border. See Mauritania Location on World Map.
Mauritania is one of the poorest countries in the world and suffers from rural exodus, inadequate infrastructure and an uncertain political situation. In 1957 90% of the population still lived as nomads, now 40% live in cities. Islam is the state religion and Islamic law (Sharia) applies.
Biggest Cities of Mauritania by Population
According to Abbreviation Finder, the capital of Mauritania is Nouakchott. It is located on the coast and is the largest city in the country with around 900,000 inhabitants. Nouakchott has the second largest port in the country (the largest is in Nouadhibou, in the far north on the coast).