Adult literacy rate in Mauritania is 52.1%. Male literacy is 62.6%. Female literacy is 41.6%. Therefore, male literacy and female literacy differ by 21%. Government expenditure on education is 2.9% of GDP. The education index of Mauritania is 0.352 - formal education levels are low and are mostly limited to primary and secondary school levels at best; higher education is possible, but not very widespread. People in Mauritania speak the Arabic language.
It is not known, how many people speak English in Mauritania and what are their proficiency levels. Most likely there are no native English speakers, or their numbers are undetectable via standard statistical methods.
Population of Mauritania
In Mauritania, the population density is 3.36 people per square kilometer (9 per sq mi). Because of these statistics, this country is considered very barren. The total population of Mauritania is 4,540,068 people. Mauritania has about 90,206 foreign immigrants. Immigrants in Mauritania account for 0.1 percent of the total number of immigrants worldwide. Immigrants in Mauritania account for 2.3 percent of the total number of immigrants worldwide. The ethnic diversity of Mauritania is quite diverse according to a fractionation scale based on ethnicity. Ethnic fractionation (EF) is concerned with the number, size, socioeconomic distribution, and geographic location of different cultural groups, usually within a state or other defined area. Specific cultural characteristics can refer to language, skin color, religion, ethnicity, customs and traditions, history, or other distinctive criteria, alone or in combination. These characteristics are often used for social exclusion and power monopolization. The index of ethnic fractionation in Mauritania is 0.615. This means that there is a relatively large number of unique ethnic groups in Mauritania. EF is usually measured as 1 minus the Herfindahl concentration index of ethnolinguistic group proportions, which reflects the probability that two randomly selected individuals from the population belong to different groups. The theoretical maximum of EF of 1 means that each person belongs to a different group. Below are statistics for Mauritania on average age