Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Tanzania instead of Eritrea, you would:


be 7.5 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Eritrea, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Tanzania, that number is 4.5% of people.

live 2.6 years less

In Eritrea, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 68 years for women). In Tanzania, that number is 63 years (61 years for men, 64 years for women).

be 68.0% more likely to be obese

In Eritrea, 5.0% of adults are obese. In Tanzania, that number is 8.4% of people.


make 100.0% more money

Eritrea has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Tanzania, the GDP per capita is $3,200.

be 54.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Eritrea, 50.0% live below the poverty line. In Tanzania, however, that number is 22.8%.

be 19.8% more likely to be unemployed

In Eritrea, 8.6% of adults are unemployed. In Tanzania, that number is 10.3%.


be 20.6% less likely to die during childbirth

In Eritrea, approximately 501.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Tanzania, 398.0 women do.

be 11.3% less likely to die during infancy

In Eritrea, approximately 45.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Tanzania, on the other hand, 39.9 children do.

have 20.3% more children

In Eritrea, there are approximately 29.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Tanzania, there are 35.6 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 10.8 times more likely to have internet access

In Eritrea, approximately 1.2% of the population has internet access. In Tanzania, about 13.0% do.

be 25.0% less likely to have access to electricity

In Eritrea, 32% of people have electricity access (86% in urban areas, and 17% in rural areas). In Tanzania, that number is 24% of people on average (71% in urban areas, and 4% in rural areas).


spend 69.7% more on healthcare

Eritrea spends 3.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Tanzania, that number is 5.6% of GDP.


see 36.3% less coastline

Eritrea has a total of 2,234 km of coastline. In Tanzania, that number is 1,424 km.

Tanzania: At a glance

Tanzania is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 885,800 sq km. Shortly after achieving independence from Britain in the early 1960s, Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form the nation of Tanzania in 1964. One-party rule ended in 1995 with the first democratic elections held in the country since the 1970s. Zanzibar's semi-autonomous status and popular opposition led to two contentious elections since 1995, which the ruling party won despite international observers' claims of voting irregularities. The formation of a government of national unity between Zanzibar's two leading parties succeeded in minimizing electoral tension in 2010.

How big is Tanzania compared to Eritrea? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.


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