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


be 57.7% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Zambia, 11.1% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2020. In Tanzania, that number is 4.7% of people as of 2020.

live 3.9 years longer

In Zambia, the average life expectancy is 66 years (65 years for men, 68 years for women) as of 2022. In Tanzania, that number is 70 years (68 years for men, 72 years for women) as of 2022.


be 31.3% less likely to be unemployed

In Zambia, 15.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2008. In Tanzania, that number is 10.3% as of 2014.

be 51.5% less likely to live below the poverty line

In Zambia, 54.4% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In Tanzania, however, that number is 26.4% as of 2017.

pay a 14.3% lower top tax rate

Zambia has a top tax rate of 35.0% as of 2016. In Tanzania, the top tax rate is 30.0% as of 2016.

make 21.2% less money

Zambia has a GDP per capita of $3,300 as of 2020, while in Tanzania, the GDP per capita is $2,600 as of 2020.


be 2.5 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Zambia, approximately 213.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Tanzania, 524.0 women do as of 2017.

be 10.1% less likely to be literate

In Zambia, the literacy rate is 86.7% as of 2018. In Tanzania, it is 77.9% as of 2015.

Basic Needs

be 10.0% more likely to have internet access

In Zambia, approximately 20.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In Tanzania, about 22.0% do as of 2020.


spend 31.1% less on education

Zambia spends 4.5% of its total GDP on education as of 2019. Tanzania spends 3.1% of total GDP on education as of 2020.

spend 28.3% less on healthcare

Zambia spends 5.3% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In Tanzania, that number is 3.8% of GDP as of 2019.

The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: Tanzania Revenue Authority, The World Factbook, Zambia Revenue Authority.

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.
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