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Mauritania, Nouakchott

Mauritania, NouakchottNouakchott is the capital and by far the largest city of Mauritania. Nouakchott is the administrative and economic centre of Mauritania.

Mauritania is in Northern Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Senegal and Western Sahara. The climate is desert. It is constantly hot, dry and dusty.

The official language is Arabic. French predominates in business circles. Business visitors without knowledge of French should arrange translation facilities. English is not widely spoken. The main religion is Islam.

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.

Approximately 99% of Mauritanians are Muslim and Islam has been a major influence in the country for centuries. Expatriate should be respectful of religious laws and customs. Men and women should dress modestly, wearing clothing that covers both arms and legs. French is essential for doing business in Mauritania. Expatriate business dress is conservative and formal.

The security risk for expatriates in Mauritania is medium to high. Risks include general, violent and armed crime, terrorist attacks, kidnapping of foreigners and landmines near the borders, carjacking's and the risks associated with poor infrastructure.

The currency of Mauritania is the Mauritanian Ouguiya (MRO). The Ouguiya is not convertible and can’t be exported. Credit cards can be used at a few hotels. Some ATMs accept international cards.

Medical facilities are extremely limited. Clinics charge for medical care (sometimes in euros or US dollars).

The population of Nouakchott is 958,400 (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 3.3% for Mauritania as at March 2018.

For a single Expat, the personal income tax rate in Mauritania is progressive up to 33%.

Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in Nouakchott as at 1 April 2018 is low in comparison to other places in the world.

In Nouakchott, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports):
1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Low
2) Clothing: Very Low
3) Communication: High
4) Education: Average
5) Furniture & Appliances: High
6) Groceries: Low
7) Healthcare: Very Low
8) Household Accommodation: Low
9) Miscellaneous: High
10) Personal Care: Low
11) Recreation & Culture: Very High
12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very Low
13) Transport: Very Low

Nouakchott is for example 6.5% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, -2.5% cheaper for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and -14% cheaper for transport costs than Dubai.

Nouakchott is ranked as a extreme hardship location.

The hardship premium for Nouakchott for an expat from Perth, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Nouakchott) premium of 40% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%.

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