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 - Jun 22, 2017: Multisectoral Initiative Contribution in Tourism Growth - AllAfrica News: Tanzania
    [Daily News] In due course, ATC will have to wrestle a lot on competition and customer demands before the government can sigh with relief on this investment.
  • Thu - Jun 22, 2017: Add More Steam Into Uplifting Children's Lot - AllAfrica News: Tanzania
    [Daily News] A baby's entry into the world is usually greeted delightfully by parents, broader family members and well-wishers.Their prayers and expectations are that the baby will enjoy good health, acquire a good education, a beneficial profession, and, ultimately, become a resourceful adult.
  • Thu - Jun 22, 2017: Tap the Potential of ICT Infrastructure in Place - AllAfrica News: Tanzania
    [Citizen] The government of Tanzania constructed the national fibre optic cable network named as National ICT Broadband Backbone (NICTBB) with a view to achieving its ICT vision.
  • Thu - Jun 22, 2017: 'Eating' Kenya's Standard Gauge Railway - AllAfrica News: Tanzania
    [Citizen] As the stories on the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) recently launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta continued to bubble - the glory it will bring, the cost, which pocketed what and didn't - I have been intrigued by a less glamorous part of the tale.
  • Thu - Jun 22, 2017: Parents Urged to Fight Child Abuse - AllAfrica News: Tanzania
    [Citizen] Mbeya -Parents and guardians in the country have been called on to support efforts made by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the fight against child abuse.