Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Tanzania instead of Sri Lanka, you would:

Health

be 46.0 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Sri Lanka, 0.1% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Tanzania, that number is 4.6% of people as of 2018.

live 13.6 years less


In Sri Lanka, the average life expectancy is 78 years (74 years for men, 81 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 61.5% more likely to be obese


In Sri Lanka, 5.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Tanzania, that number is 8.4% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 75.2% less money


Sri Lanka has a GDP per capita of $12,900 as of 2017, while in Tanzania, the GDP per capita is $3,200 as of 2017.

be 2.3 times more likely to be unemployed


In Sri Lanka, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Tanzania, that number is 10.3% as of 2014.

be 3.4 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Sri Lanka, 6.7% live below the poverty line as of 2012. In Tanzania, however, that number is 22.8% as of 2015.

pay a 100.0% higher top tax rate


Sri Lanka has a top tax rate of 15.0% as of 2016. In Tanzania, the top tax rate is 30.0% as of 2016.

Life

have 2.4 times more children


In Sri Lanka, there are approximately 14.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Tanzania, there are 34.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 14.6 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Sri Lanka, approximately 36.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Tanzania, 524.0 women do as of 2017.

be 15.2% less likely to be literate


In Sri Lanka, the literacy rate is 91.9% as of 2017. In Tanzania, it is 77.9% as of 2015.

be 4.7 times more likely to die during infancy


In Sri Lanka, approximately 7.8 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Tanzania, on the other hand, 36.4 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 65.5% less likely to have access to electricity


In Sri Lanka, approximately 96% of people have electricity access (100% in urban areas, and 95% in rural areas) as of 2016. In Tanzania, that number is 33% of people on average (65% in urban areas, and 17% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 26.7% less likely to have internet access


In Sri Lanka, approximately 34.1% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Tanzania, about 25.0% do as of 2018.

be 26.3% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Sri Lanka, approximately 93% of people have improved drinking water access (98% in urban areas, and 91% 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 21.4% more on education


Sri Lanka spends 2.8% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Tanzania spends 3.4% of total GDP on education as of 2014.

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 Sri Lanka? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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