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

Health

be 50.0% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Malawi, 9.2% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Tanzania, that number is 4.6% of people as of 2018.

live 0.7 years longer

In Malawi, the average life expectancy is 63 years (61 years for men, 65 years for women) as of 2020. In Tanzania, that number is 64 years (62 years for men, 66 years for women) as of 2020.

be 44.8% more likely to be obese

In Malawi, 5.8% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Tanzania, that number is 8.4% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 2.7 times more money

Malawi has a GDP per capita of $1,200 as of 2017, while in Tanzania, the GDP per capita is $3,200 as of 2017.

be 49.5% less likely to be unemployed

In Malawi, 20.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2013. In Tanzania, that number is 10.3% as of 2014.

be 55.0% less likely to live below the poverty line

In Malawi, 50.7% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Tanzania, however, that number is 22.8% as of 2015.

Life

be 25.4% more likely to be literate

In Malawi, the literacy rate is 62.1% as of 2015. In Tanzania, it is 77.9% as of 2015.

be 50.1% more likely to die during childbirth

In Malawi, approximately 349.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Tanzania, 524.0 women do as of 2017.

have 13.7% fewer children

In Malawi, there are approximately 40.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Tanzania, there are 34.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 3.0 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Malawi, approximately 11% of people have electricity access (42% in urban areas, and 4% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Tanzania, that number is 33% of people on average (65% in urban areas, and 17% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 81.4% more likely to have internet access

In Malawi, approximately 13.8% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Tanzania, about 25.0% do as of 2018.

be 23.1% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Malawi, approximately 89% of people have improved drinking water access (96% in urban areas, and 87% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Tanzania, that number is 68% of people on average (92% in urban areas, and 56% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 15.0% less on education

Malawi spends 4.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Tanzania spends 3.4% of total GDP on education as of 2014.


The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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.
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