Republic Of Mauritania
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)