Country briefing: Mauritania

News reports and articles 

Latest news about Mauritania 
A compilation from multiple sources

Brian Whitaker's blog posts about Mauritania

Online news sources for Mauritania


Basic information

CIA World Factbook
The geography, people, government and economy of Mauritania

BBC country profile 
Essential facts, plus politics, media and key dates in Mauritania's history

Local time

Local weather

Maps of Mauritania 
(University of Texas)

Currency converter 
Mauritanian ouguiya (MRO)

National anthem 
Audio, lyrics and sheet music (National Anthems Reference Page)

More about the flag of Mauritania


History and politics

Mauritania timeline
A chronology of key events (from the BBC)

Ancient Mauritania (c. 430 BCE- 550 CE)
Original source material from Herodotus, Strabo and Procopius of Caesarea. (Internet African History Sourcebook)

Constitutional background

Text of constitution (1991)

Constitutional information 
Law Library of Congress

List of government ministers (CIA)

International Crisis Group
Recent reports about Mauritania

Protest movements in Mauritania (2011-2012)
Background information

Documents 
Historical and political texts relating to Mauritania


Travel

US State Department
Consular information and travel advice

British Foreign Office
Travel advice

Lonely Planet 
Online tourist guide to Bahrain

The world's longest train
It's 3km long and the journey takes 12 hours (Miftah Shamali)

Banc d'Arguin Park
A national park of sand dunes and islands, habitat of birds, sea turtles, and dolphins (Unesco)

Travel in Mauritania
(LookLex)

Sahara overland
Tips for motorcyclists willing to risk land mines and other hazards in Mauritania, Algeria, Mali, Niger, Libya, Chad and Western Sahara.

Electricity, plugs and sockets  


Economy

World Bank: Mauritania 
Comprehensive economic data

Mauritania and the IMF

Water and agriculture in Mauritania
FAO country profile