Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Tanzania instead of Sao Tome and Principe, you would:

Health

be 32.3% less likely to be obese


In Sao Tome and Principe, 12.4% of adults are obese. In Tanzania, that number is 8.4% of people.

live 2.7 years less


In Sao Tome and Principe, the average life expectancy is 65 years (64 years for men, 67 years for women). In Tanzania, that number is 63 years (61 years for men, 64 years for women).

Economy

be 15.6% less likely to be unemployed


In Sao Tome and Principe, 12.2% of adults are unemployed. In Tanzania, that number is 10.3%.

be 65.6% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Sao Tome and Principe, 66.2% live below the poverty line. In Tanzania, however, that number is 22.8%.

Life

be 11.9% less likely to die during infancy


In Sao Tome and Principe, approximately 45.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Tanzania, on the other hand, 39.9 children do.

be 2.6 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Sao Tome and Principe, approximately 156.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Tanzania, 398.0 women do.

Basic Needs

be 59.3% less likely to have access to electricity


In Sao Tome and Principe, 59% of people have electricity access (70% in urban areas, and 40% in rural areas). In Tanzania, that number is 24% of people on average (71% in urban areas, and 4% in rural areas).

be 49.6% less likely to have internet access


In Sao Tome and Principe, approximately 25.8% of the population has internet access. In Tanzania, about 13.0% do.

be 42.7% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Sao Tome and Principe, approximately 97% of people have improved drinking water access (99% in urban areas, and 94% in rural areas). In Tanzania, that number is 56% of people on average (77% in urban areas, and 46% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 33.3% less on healthcare


Sao Tome and Principe spends 8.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Tanzania, that number is 5.6% of GDP.

Geography

see 6.8 times more coastline


Sao Tome and Principe has a total of 209 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 Sao Tome and Principe? 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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