Tanzania

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INFORMATION

Capital: Dar Es Salaam

Government: Unitary Presidential Socialist Republic

Current President: Dr. John Magufuli

Economy:

  • The economy depends heavily on agriculture, which accounts for more than one-quarter of GDP, provides 85% of exports, and employs about 80% of the work force.

Population: 51,820,000 (2014)

Land Size: 945,087 sq km (364,900 sq miles)

Major Ethic Groups:

  • Mainland
    • Bantu language groups make up more than 98%:
      • Sukuma
      • Chaga
      • Nyamezi
      • Hadza
      • Kamba
    • Other: 1% (consisting of Asian, European, and Arab)
  • Zanzibar
    • Arab
    • Swahili
Religions:

  • Mainland
    • Christian: 30%
    • Muslim: 35%
    • Indigenous African Religion: 35%
  • Zanzibar
    • Muslim: > 99%

Language(s):

  • Kiswahili or Swahili (official)
  • Kiunguja (name for Swahili in Zanzibar)
  • English (official, primary language of commerce, administration, and higher education)
  • Arabic (widely spoken in Zanzibar)
  • many local languages

note: Kiswahili (Swahili) is the mother tongue of the Bantu people living in Zanzibar and nearby coastal Tanzania; although Kiswahili is Bantu in structure and origin, its vocabulary draws on a variety of sources including Arabic and English; it has become the lingua franca of central and eastern Africa; the first language of most people is one of the local languages.

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RECENT NEWS

  • Wed - May 24, 2017: Magufuli Makes Changes in Tamisemi Office - AllAfrica News: Tanzania
    [Citizen] Dar es Salaam -President John Magufuli has appointed Mr Tixon Nzunda to be the Deputy Permanent Secretary in President's Office Regional Administration and Local governments responsible for education.
  • Wed - May 24, 2017: Dismay As Manji Quits Yanga - AllAfrica News: Tanzania
    [Citizen] Dar es Salaam -Yusuf Manji's 11 years as Young Africans chairman came to an abrupt end yesterday when called it quits.
  • Wed - May 24, 2017: Ex-Gor Mahia Coach Salutes Simba - AllAfrica News: Tanzania
    [Citizen] Dar es Salaam -Simba SC goalkeeping coach Idd Salim is thrilled with the Msimbazi Reds' performance in the just concluded Vodacom Premier League season.
  • Wed - May 24, 2017: Sh1.6 Billion to Be Spent On Construction of Steel Plant - AllAfrica News: Tanzania
    [Citizen] Arusha -The Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) plans to hand over Sh1.6billion to Kilimanjaro Machine Tools Limited (KMTL) for construction of a steel plant.
  • Wed - May 24, 2017: Municipal Council to Handle Land Issues After CDA Was Dissolved, Govt - AllAfrica News: Tanzania
    [Citizen] Dar es Salaam -The government has reiterated that all land issues will be handled by the municipal council after the decision by President John Magufuli to dissolve the Capital Development Authority (CDA).