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Mauritania People

    Population: 2,581,738 (July 1999 est.)

    Age structure:
    0-14 years: 47% (male 600,901; female 600,225)
    15-64 years: 51% (male 641,481; female 678,951)
    65 years and over: 2% (male 25,156; female 35,024) (1999 est.)

    Population growth rate: 2.99% (1999 est.)

    Birth rate: 44.1 births/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Death rate: 14.2 deaths/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Net migration rate: 0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Sex ratio:
    at birth: 1.03 male(s)/female
    under 15 years: 1 male(s)/female
    15-64 years: 0.94 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.72 male(s)/female
    total population: 0.96 male(s)/female (1999 est.)

    Infant mortality rate: 76.46 deaths/1,000 live births (1999 est.)

    Life expectancy at birth:
    total population: 50.48 years
    male: 47.39 years
    female: 53.65 years (1999 est.)

    Total fertility rate: 6.35 children born/woman (1999 est.)

    Nationality:
    noun: Mauritanian(s)
    adjective: Mauritanian

    Ethnic groups: mixed Maur/black 40%, Maur 30%, black 30%

    Religions: Muslim 100%

    Languages: Hasaniya Arabic (official), Pular, Soninke, Wolof (official), French

    Literacy:
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write
    total population: 37.7%
    male: 49.6%
    female: 26.3% (1995 est.)

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