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Mauritania is sparsely populated and largely a desert country. Rich in minerals, tourism and tourists are a rarity - particularly outside of the capital Nouakchott.

For travelers prepared to take an adventurous journey inland, the iron ore train linking Nouadhibou, Choum and Zouerat is said to be the longest in the world at over 150 cars and 2km from end to end. To the north, Mauritania has open road borders with Mali, Senegal and the disputed nation of Western Sahara, claimed by Morocco in defiance of the international community.

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