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Tanzania Facts

Tanzania's Information

Flag of Tanzania
Land Area 885,800 km2
Water Area 61,500 km2
Total Area 947,300km2 (#30)
Population 52,482,726 (#26)
Population Density 59.25/km2
Government Type Presidential Republic
GDP (PPP) $151.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $3,100
Currency Shilling (TZS)
Largest Cities
  • Name: Tanzania
    (long form) United Republic of Tanzania
  • Capital City: Dodoma (324,347 pop.)
  • Tanzania Population: 48,261,942 (2013 est.)
  • World Populations (all countries)
  • Currency: Tanzanian Schilling
    (conversion rates)

    Tanzanian Schilling
    5000 tanzanian shillings
  • Ethnicity: mainland - African 99% (of which 95% are Bantu consisting of more than 130 tribes), other 1% (consisting of Asian, European, and Arab); Zanzibar - Arab, African, mixed Arab and African
  • GDP total: $75.07 billion (2012 est.)
  • GDP per capita: $1,600 (2012 est.)
  • Land Sizes
  • Language: 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 is one of the local languages
  • Largest Cities: (by population) Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Zanzibar, Morogoro, Mbeya, Tanga
  • Name: unknown
  • National Day: April 26
  • Religion: mainland - Christian 30%, Muslim 35%, indigenous 35%; Zanzibar - more than 99% Muslim
  • Symbols
This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.

Tanzania Trivia

What is the Largest Ethnic group in Tanzania?

Tanzania boasts of a rich cultural diversity, with over 120 indigenous ethnic groups and over 100 different dialects spoken across the country. The Sukima are the largest ethnic group in Tanzania, making up about 16% of the country's total population.

Ethnic Groups Of Tanzania

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