Mauritania is officially called the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. The country is plauged with several human rights violations, including extensive human slavery and trafficking. Mauritania was historically part of the French Empire until it gained independence in 1960.
Mauritania has an area of 1,030,700 sq km, a population of 3.3 million, and a low HDI of 0.467.
Obese women are considered to be very attractive in Mauritania, leading to a culture of force feeding (leblouh).