Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 2.3 years longer

In Mali, the average life expectancy is 60 years (58 years for men, 62 years for women). In Tanzania, that number is 63 years (61 years for men, 64 years for women).

be 3.8 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Mali, 1.2% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Tanzania, that number is 4.5% of people.


make 45.5% more money

Mali has a GDP per capita of $2,200, while in Tanzania, the GDP per capita is $3,200.

be 36.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Mali, 36.1% live below the poverty line. In Tanzania, however, that number is 22.8%.

be 27.2% more likely to be unemployed

In Mali, 8.1% of adults are unemployed. In Tanzania, that number is 10.3%.


be 32.2% less likely to die during childbirth

In Mali, approximately 587.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Tanzania, 398.0 women do.

be 2.4 times more likely to be literate

In Mali, the literacy rate is 33.1%. In Tanzania, it is 77.9%.

be 42.6% less likely to die during infancy

In Mali, approximately 69.5 children die before they reach the age of one. In Tanzania, on the other hand, 39.9 children do.

have 18.9% fewer children

In Mali, there are approximately 43.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Tanzania, there are 35.6 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 17.1% more likely to have internet access

In Mali, approximately 11.1% of the population has internet access. In Tanzania, about 13.0% do.

be 27.8% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Mali, approximately 77% of people have improved drinking water access (96% in urban areas, and 64% in rural areas). In Tanzania, that number is 56% of people on average (77% in urban areas, and 46% in rural areas).


spend 18.8% less on healthcare

Mali spends 6.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Tanzania, that number is 5.6% of GDP.

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 Mali? 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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