Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 97.8% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Tanzania, 4.5% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Algeria, that number is 0.1% of people.

live 14.4 years longer


In Tanzania, the average life expectancy is 63 years (61 years for men, 64 years for women). In Algeria, that number is 77 years (76 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 3.3 times more likely to be obese


In Tanzania, 8.4% of adults are obese. In Algeria, that number is 27.4% of people.

Economy

make 4.8 times more money


Tanzania has a GDP per capita of $3,200, while in Algeria, the GDP per capita is $15,200.

be 13.6% more likely to be unemployed


In Tanzania, 10.3% of adults are unemployed. In Algeria, that number is 11.7%.

spend 16.7% more on taxes


Tanzania has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Algeria, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

Life

be 64.8% less likely to die during childbirth


In Tanzania, approximately 398.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Algeria, 140.0 women do.

be 50.9% less likely to die during infancy


In Tanzania, approximately 39.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Algeria, on the other hand, 19.6 children do.

have 37.6% less children


In Tanzania, there are approximately 35.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Algeria, there are 22.2 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 4.1 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Tanzania, 24% of people have electricity access (71% in urban areas, and 4% in rural areas). In Algeria, that number is 99% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas).

be 3.3 times more likely to have internet access


In Tanzania, approximately 13.0% of the population has internet access. In Algeria, about 42.9% do.

be 50.4% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Tanzania, approximately 56% of people have improved drinking water access (77% in urban areas, and 46% in rural areas). In Algeria, that number is 84% of people on average (84% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 22.9% more on education


Tanzania spends 3.5% of its total GDP on education. Algeria spends 4.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 28.6% more on healthcare


Tanzania spends 5.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Algeria, that number is 7.2% of GDP.

Geography

see 29.9% less coastline


Tanzania has a total of 1,424 km of coastline. In Algeria, that number is 998 km.

Algeria: At a glance

Algeria is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 2,381,741 sq km. After more than a century of rule by France, Algerians fought through much of the 1950s to achieve independence in 1962. Algeria's primary political party, the National Liberation Front (FLN), was established in 1954 as part of the struggle for independence and has largely dominated politics since. The Government of Algeria in 1988 instituted a multi-party system in response to public unrest, but the surprising first round success of the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) in the December 1991 balloting led the Algerian army to intervene and postpone the second round of elections to prevent what the secular elite feared would be an extremist-led government from assuming power. The army began a crackdown on the FIS that spurred FIS supporters to begin attacking government targets. Fighting escalated into an insurgency, which saw intense violence from 1992-98, resulting in over 100,000 deaths - many attributed to indiscriminate massacres of villagers by extremists. The government gained the upper hand by the late-1990s, and FIS's armed wing, the Islamic Salvation Army, disbanded in January 2000. Abdelaziz BOUTEFLIKA, with the backing of the military, won the presidency in 1999 in an election widely viewed as fraudulent. He was reelected to a second term in 2004 and overwhelmingly won a third term in 2009, after the government amended the constitution in 2008 to remove presidential term limits. Longstanding problems continue to face BOUTEFLIKA, including large-scale unemployment, a shortage of housing, unreliable electrical and water supplies, government inefficiencies and corruption, and the continuing activities of extremist militants. The Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) in 2006 merged with al-Qa'ida to form al-Qa'ida in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb, which has launched an ongoing series of kidnappings and bombings targeting the Algerian Government and Western interests. The government in 2011 introduced some political reforms in response to the Arab Spring, including lifting the 19-year-old state of emergency restrictions and increasing women's quotas for elected assemblies. Parliamentary elections in May 2012 and municipal and provincial elections in November 2012 saw continued dominance by the FLN, with Islamist opposition parties performing poorly. Political protest activity in the country remained low in 2013, but small, sometimes violent socioeconomic demonstrations by disparate groups continued to be a common occurrence. Parliament in 2014 is expected to revise the constitution.

How big is Algeria compared to Tanzania? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Tanzania Revenue Authority, The World Factbook, Direction Générale des Impôts, Algeria.

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