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

  • Thu - Nov 23, 2017: Closer Look Needed in Controlling Growing Betting Trend - AllAfrica News: Tanzania
    [Daily News] WITH President John Magufuli fighting for an industrialised economy, the country needs to pull up its socks in terms of revenue collection.
  • Thu - Nov 23, 2017: Govt Offers 100m/ - for SMEs Product Certification - AllAfrica News: Tanzania
    [Daily News] THE government has set aside between 50m/- and 100m/- to enable small and medium scale entrepreneurs (SMEs) to certify their products. The fund to be managed by Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) aims at enabling SMEs to market their products in and outside the country while protecting consumers.
  • Thu - Nov 23, 2017: Help State Seek Solutions for Snags, Mkapa Stresses - AllAfrica News: Tanzania
    [Daily News] Former President and Chancellor of the University of Dodoma (UDOM), Mr Benjamin Mkapa
  • Thu - Nov 23, 2017: One Dies, Six Arrested Over Mine Invasion - AllAfrica News: Tanzania
    [Daily News] OVER 150 artisanal miners in Mwadui Ward in Shinyanga region's Kishapu District have invaded Williamson Diamond Ltd in attempt to forcefully take minerals.
  • Thu - Nov 23, 2017: Tennis - Dar Gymkhana Braces to Stage BQ Open Tennis Meet - AllAfrica News: Tanzania
    [Daily News] ALL is set for the BQ Open tennis tournament, scheduled to take place at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club (DGC) courts. The two- day tournament to start from Saturday is eligible for wheelchair players in both men and ladies categories as well as juniors under 18 boys and girls.