Tanzania is located just south of the equator. Rather than experiencing the four seasons, it has two rainy seasons: the “long rains” during April-May, and the “short rains” in November. Temperatures remain fairly consistent throughout the year, averaging about 30°C (86°F) during the day.

Quick Facts:

  • One of the poorest countries in the world
  • Twice the size of California
  • Population 64 million
  • Unemployment rate: 44.4%
  •  61% of the population are Christian, and 35% are Muslim
  • Life expectancy at birth 63.1 years
  • Adult literacy rate is 77.9
  • School life expectancy: 8 years
  • Plagued by AIDS, malaria, TB, Yellow Fever, cholera, typhoid, parasites, Dengue Fever
  •  4.5% of adults have AIDS (6th in the world). 32,000 deaths per year from HIV/AIDS
  • Median age: 17.9 years
  •  3.04% of the population are over 65 years
  • Median age is 17.4 years
  •  Infant mortality rate: 38.7 per 1,000
  • Bordering Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique, Tanzania is one of the most peaceful countries in Africa, and has assimilated hundreds of thousands of refugees in recent years.

(Facts from USA CIA-World Fact Book, 2019)


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