Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 69.6% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Tanzania, 4.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Mali, that number is 1.4% of people as of 2018.

live 2.3 years less

In Tanzania, the average life expectancy is 64 years (62 years for men, 66 years for women) as of 2020. In Mali, that number is 62 years (59 years for men, 64 years for women) as of 2020.


be 23.3% less likely to be unemployed

In Tanzania, 10.3% of adults are unemployed as of 2014. In Mali, that number is 7.9% as of 2017.

make 31.2% less money

Tanzania has a GDP per capita of $3,200 as of 2017, while in Mali, the GDP per capita is $2,200 as of 2017.

be 58.3% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Tanzania, 22.8% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In Mali, however, that number is 36.1% as of 2005.


have 22.0% more children

In Tanzania, there are approximately 34.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Mali, there are 42.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 54.4% less likely to be literate

In Tanzania, the literacy rate is 77.9% as of 2015. In Mali, it is 35.5% as of 2018.

be 75.8% more likely to die during infancy

In Tanzania, approximately 36.4 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Mali, on the other hand, 64.0 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 21.6% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Tanzania, approximately 68% of people have improved drinking water access (92% in urban areas, and 56% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Mali, that number is 83% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 73% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 48.0% less likely to have internet access

In Tanzania, approximately 25.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Mali, about 13.0% do as of 2018.

Mali: At a glance

Mali is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 1,220,190 sq km. The Sudanese Republic and Senegal became independent of France in 1960 as the Mali Federation. When Senegal withdrew after only a few months, what formerly made up the Sudanese Republic was renamed Mali. Rule by dictatorship was brought to a close in 1991 by a military coup that ushered in a period of democratic rule. President Alpha KONARE won Mali's first two democratic presidential elections in 1992 and 1997. In keeping with Mali's two-term constitutional limit, he stepped down in 2002 and was succeeded by Amadou Toumani TOURE, who was elected to a second term in 2007 elections that were widely judged to be free and fair. Malian returnees from Libya in 2011 exacerbated tensions in northern Mali, and Tuareg ethnic militias started a rebellion in January 2012. Low- and mid-level soldiers, frustrated with the poor handling of the rebellion overthrew TOURE on 22 March. Intensive mediation efforts led by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) returned power to a civilian administration in April with the appointment of interim President Dioncounda TRAORE. The post-coup chaos led to rebels expelling the Malian military from the three northern regions of the country and allowed Islamic militants to set up strongholds. Hundreds of thousands of northern Malians fled the violence to southern Mali and neighboring countries, exacerbating regional food insecurity in host communities. An international military intervention to retake the three northern regions began in January 2013 and within a month most of the north had been retaken. In a democratic presidential election conducted in July and August of 2013, Ibrahim Boubacar KEITA was elected president in the second round.

How big is Mali compared to Tanzania? 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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