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Country Mauritania

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Region Northern Africa
Area (sq km) 1,030,700
Area (sq mile) 640,065
Border Algeria, Mali, Senegal, Western Sahara
Population 3,596,702
Nationality Mauritanian(s)
Ethnic mixed Moor/black 40%, Moor 30%, black 30%
Religion Muslim
Language Arabic, Pulaar, Soninke, and more
Literacy 51%
Government Military Junta (a small ruling council)
Capital Nouakchott
Leader President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz (since August 5, 2009), Prime Minister Yahya Ould Hademine (since August 20, 2014)
Currency Ouguiya (MRO)
Independence Day Nov. 28, 1960 (from France)
National Holiday Independence Day (Nov. 28, 1960)
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