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1. Geography
2. Political situation
3. Economy
a. Figures
4. Defense
5. Health
6. Education
a. Universities
7. Demographics
8. Religions
a. Freedom
9. Peoples
10. Languages
11. Human rights
12. History
13. Cities and Towns

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Cities and Towns

The figures given by LookLex are estimates, and heavily rounded off. Accurate population figures presented by many other sources are deceptive and suggest a level of accuracy that does not exist. With few exceptions, urban population figures are no more than advanced guesswork.
Different countries count urban population according to varying methods. In many cases there are no official figures, there may never have been a proper census. There exists no consensus about how to define a border between neighbouring cities, nor to define city borders to a surrounding rural region. City populations are in some cases the population of a municipality, but municipalities can be smaller than the city proper, or they may include vast rural areas.
LookLex definition of a city or town requires continued settlement, and defines the border between neighbouring cities to be the administrative border, a river or a major highway. Our primary source for population data is City Population, but LookLex assess each figure, and in 5 to 10% of the cases we make a different estimate.

Nouakchott 650,000
Nouadhibou 80,000
Rosso 55,000
Bogue 45,000
Adel Bagrou 40,000
Kaedi 40,000
Zouerate 38,000
Kiffa 35,000
Boutilimit 28,000
Atar 26,000
Selibaby 19,000
Aleg 16,000
Nema 15,000
Tidjikja 15,000
Oualata 14,000
Ayoun al-Atrous 13,000
Akjoujt 11,000
Ouadane 4,000
Bir Moghrein 3,000
Chinguetti 3,000

All figures are 2005 estimates.

By Tore Kjeilen