Mauritania, situated in the western coast of Africa, welcome to this tremendous land of secrets. Three times the size of Mexico, Mauritania borders Algeria in the North-east, to the Malian coast to the East, on the South-West by Senegal, on the west by the Atlantic Ocean and by the Western Sahara on the west. The number of inhabitants was recently estimated at 4.22 million.

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Mauritanian Culture

Islam is the official religion in Mauritania. Despite the ethnicity and cultural differences among Mauritanians, they all have a common Muslim attachment to the Malekite sect. However, as the Islam religion is of a major influence in the country and visitors and expats should respect the local social customs and cultures imposed in the country. Dress for women should be uncompromisingly modest.

Granting Visas and Work Permits

Visitors, contractors or permanent employees from Côte D’Ivoire, Gambia, Libya, Mali, Senegal, Togo and Tunisia shall need to apply for a Mauritanian French embassy or consulate in their home and host country. In cases where there is no diplomatic representation available, the French embassy can issue visas 4 visas only.

Necessary Documentations in Mauritania:
  • A letter of motivation or proofs of sponsorships
  • International certificates and vaccinations
  • Passport to be valid for at least 6 months
  • For official missions, an official letter must be presented
Professional Employment Outsourcing (PEO)

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Here at Africa HR, we offer a Professional Employment Outsourcing (PEO) facility. We provide businesses with wide range of human-resources services which includes:

  • Human Resources Management
  • Salary Surveys
  • Payroll Administration and processing
  • Safety Programs
  • Recruiting and Outplacement support
  • Government Compliance

Major Imports

  • Petroleum Products
  • Machinery & Equipment
  • Consumer Goods
  • Food

Major Exports

  • Iron Ore
  • Gold
  • Cattle

Trading Partners

  • France
  • Belgium
  • Japan
  • Spain
Gross Domestic Products (GDP)
  • $15. 5 billion
  • 4% growth
  • 4% 5-year annual growth
  • $4,288 per capita

Unemployment Rate: 31.0%

Global Ranking in Economy Progress 2016: 128th


Nouakchott is the capital city of Mauritania. An intriguing town with traditional tourists’ attractions and friendly atmospheres. The fish market makes the pride of Mauritanians, being a star attraction in the city. Expats and tourists shall surely be attracted by the frantic markets and the seafood restaurants.


Mauritanian ouguiya


The official language in Mauritania is Arabic but French and English are also widely spoken and understood among locals.


Mauritania is sharply divided between a traditional agricultural country whose economy depends mainly on natural resources. Half of the county’s labour largely depend on agriculture, livestock and offshore oil reserves which are also known as being one of important assets of the country. Identified as one of the main assets, the country is also rich in minerals, especially iron and ore.

Interesting Fact about Mauritania

Mauritania’s tallest mountain, the 915-meter-tall Mount Ijill, is made almost entirely of hematite (iron ore).