Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 68.2% less likely to be obese

In Suriname, 26.4% of adults are obese. In Tanzania, that number is 8.4% of people.

be 3.5 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Suriname, 1.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Tanzania, that number is 4.5% of people.

live 9.9 years less

In Suriname, the average life expectancy is 72 years (70 years for men, 75 years for women). In Tanzania, that number is 63 years (61 years for men, 64 years for women).


be 67.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Suriname, 70.0% live below the poverty line. In Tanzania, however, that number is 22.8%.

spend 21.1% less on taxes

Suriname has a top tax rate of 38.0%. In Tanzania, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

make 78.1% less money

Suriname has a GDP per capita of $14,600, while in Tanzania, the GDP per capita is $3,200.

be 13.2% more likely to be unemployed

In Suriname, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Tanzania, that number is 10.3%.


have 2.3 times more children

In Suriname, there are approximately 15.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Tanzania, there are 35.6 babies per 1,000 people.

be 2.6 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Suriname, approximately 155.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Tanzania, 398.0 women do.

be 18.5% less likely to be literate

In Suriname, the literacy rate is 95.6%. In Tanzania, it is 77.9%.

be 62.9% more likely to die during infancy

In Suriname, approximately 24.5 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 Suriname, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Tanzania, 24% of the population do.

be 71.4% less likely to have internet access

In Suriname, approximately 45.4% of the population has internet access. In Tanzania, about 13.0% do.

be 41.4% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Suriname, approximately 95% of people have improved drinking water access (98% in urban areas, and 88% in rural areas). In Tanzania, that number is 56% of people on average (77% in urban areas, and 46% in rural areas).


see 3.7 times more coastline

Suriname has a total of 386 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 Suriname? See an in-depth size comparison.

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


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