Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 6.1 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Tanzania, 4.5% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Swaziland, that number is 27.4% of people.

live 10.5 years less


In Tanzania, the average life expectancy is 63 years (61 years for men, 64 years for women). In Swaziland, that number is 52 years (53 years for men, 52 years for women).

be 96.4% more likely to be obese


In Tanzania, 8.4% of adults are obese. In Swaziland, that number is 16.5% of people.

Economy

make 3.1 times more money


Tanzania has a GDP per capita of $3,200, while in Swaziland, the GDP per capita is $9,900.

be 2.7 times more likely to be unemployed


In Tanzania, 10.3% of adults are unemployed. In Swaziland, that number is 28.0%.

be 2.8 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Tanzania, 22.8% live below the poverty line. In Swaziland, however, that number is 63.0%.

spend 10.0% more on taxes


Tanzania has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Swaziland, the top tax rate is 33.0%.

Life

be 12.3% more likely to be literate


In Tanzania, the literacy rate is 77.9%. In Swaziland, it is 87.5%.

be 21.3% more likely to die during infancy


In Tanzania, approximately 39.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Swaziland, on the other hand, 48.4 children do.

have 32.6% less children


In Tanzania, there are approximately 35.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Swaziland, there are 24.0 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 12.5% 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 Swaziland, that number is 27% of people on average (40% in urban areas, and 24% in rural areas).

be 2.2 times more likely to have internet access


In Tanzania, approximately 13.0% of the population has internet access. In Swaziland, about 28.6% do.

be 33.3% 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 Swaziland, that number is 74% of people on average (94% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 2.0 times more on education


Tanzania spends 3.5% of its total GDP on education. Swaziland spends 7.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 66.1% more on healthcare


Tanzania spends 5.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Swaziland, that number is 9.3% of GDP.

Swaziland: At a glance

Swaziland is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 17,204 sq km. Autonomy for the Swazis of southern Africa was guaranteed by the British in the late 19th century; independence was granted in 1968. Student and labor unrest during the 1990s pressured King MSWATI III, Africa's last absolute monarch, to grudgingly allow political reform and greater democracy, although he has backslid on these promises in recent years. A constitution came into effect in 2006, but the legal status of political parties remains unclear. The African United Democratic Party tried unsuccessfully to register as an official political party in mid 2006. Talks over the constitution broke down between the government and progressive groups in 2007. Swaziland recently surpassed Botswana as the country with the world's highest known HIV/AIDS prevalence rate.

How big is Swaziland 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, Swaziland Revenue Authority.

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