Language of Mauritania

Language of Mauritania Last updated on Thursday 22nd April 2010

French and Arabic are widely spoken. Moors in the south speak a dialect of Arabic, Hassaniyyah, while several other African languages are spoken including those of the Pulaar, Soininke and Wolof peoples.

After independence there was a long dispute between the Moors and the Africans over retaining French as an official language; in 1991, Arabic became the sole official language.

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