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Republic Of Mauritania

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Capital city: Nouakchott, largest city (main seaport and international airport).

Area: 1030700 square km

National day: 28 November

Independence: 28th November 1960. Former French colony.

Population: 2.6 million as of 2000

Leader: Ahmed Ould Taya, born 1936, President as at the year 1984.

Language: Arabic (official), French, Wolof, Berber, Sonnike, Fula.

Currency: Ouguiyas (UM)

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