Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 22.5 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Singapore, 0.2% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Tanzania, that number is 4.5% of people.

live 22.6 years less

In Singapore, the average life expectancy is 85 years (83 years for men, 88 years for women). In Tanzania, that number is 63 years (61 years for men, 64 years for women).

be 37.7% more likely to be obese

In Singapore, 6.1% of adults are obese. In Tanzania, that number is 8.4% of people.


make 96.6% less money

Singapore has a GDP per capita of $93,900, while in Tanzania, the GDP per capita is $3,200.

be 4.7 times more likely to be unemployed

In Singapore, 2.2% of adults are unemployed. In Tanzania, that number is 10.3%.

spend 36.4% more on taxes

Singapore has a top tax rate of 22.0%. In Tanzania, the top tax rate is 30.0%.


have 4.1 times more children

In Singapore, there are approximately 8.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Tanzania, there are 35.6 babies per 1,000 people.

be 39.8 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Singapore, approximately 10.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Tanzania, 398.0 women do.

be 19.7% less likely to be literate

In Singapore, the literacy rate is 97.0%. In Tanzania, it is 77.9%.

be 16.6 times more likely to die during infancy

In Singapore, approximately 2.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Tanzania, on the other hand, 39.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 76.0% less likely to have access to electricity

In Singapore, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Tanzania, 24% of the population do.

be 84.0% less likely to have internet access

In Singapore, approximately 81.0% of the population has internet access. In Tanzania, about 13.0% do.

be 44.4% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Singapore, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access. In Tanzania, 56% of people do.


spend 20.7% more on education

Singapore spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Tanzania spends 3.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 14.3% more on healthcare

Singapore spends 4.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Tanzania, that number is 5.6% of GDP.


see 7.4 times more coastline

Singapore has a total of 193 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 Singapore? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Tanzania Revenue Authority, The World Factbook, Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore.


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