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___ Satellite View and Map of the City of Nouakchott, Mauritania

Camels in Nouakchott, Mauritania
Camels in Nouakchott
Image: Armando G Alonso

About Nouakchott

Satellite view is showing Nouakchott, chief seaport, by far the largest city and since 1960 the national capital of Mauritania. The city is located on a plateau where the Sahara Desert meets the Atlantic Ocean, on almost the same latitude than the north of Cape Verde.

Grand Central Mosque in Nouakchott
Grand Central Mosque in Nouakchott (donated by Saudi Arabia).
Image: Alexandra Pugachevsky
Mauritania was part of French West Africa, a federation of eight French colonial territories in Western Africa, and as such the country had no capital during the colonial period from 1920 until 1960. In 1960 Mauritania became an independent nation and Nouakchott was selected as the capital city.

Today Nouakchott has a population of estimated 1 to 2 million people. Spoken languages are French (widely used in the media and among educated classes), West African languages like Pular, Soninke, and Wolof, Arabic is also official language.

Islam is the major religion in Mauritania, the majority are Sunni Muslims.

Nouakchott, west of Sebka
Nouakchott, west of Sebka towards the fishing harbour, it is one of many sandy shanty towns where the majority of the population lives.
Image: Bertramz
The city is home to Mauritania's only university the Université de Nouakchott, which was founded in 1981.

Mauritania's National Museum, with its archaeological and ethnographical collections on display, is one of the attractions of the city. A must see is Port de Pêche, the city's lively and colourful fish market.

The map shows a city map of Nouakchott with expressways, main roads and streets, and the location of Nouakchott International Airport (IATA code: NKC).

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Local Time Mauritania:
Monday-January-24  10:57  
Time zone: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
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Google Earth: Searchable Map and Satellite view of Nouakchott, Mauritania.

City Coordinates: 18°6′N 15°57′W  
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