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Tanzania 2011




Jamhuriya Muungano wa Tanzania
In eastern Africa; plains along coast; central plateau; highlands in north, south 947,300 km2 (slightly > 2xCA), 4% arable.

Capital Dar es Salaam (pop est. 3.2M)

Population 41M (43.3/km2)

Life expectancy 52 years

HIV/AIDS >6.2%

Literacy 69%

Lang(s) Kiswahili (official), English (official), Arabic (widely spoken in Zanzibar), many local languages

Religions Mainland: Christian 30%, Indigenous beliefs 30%, Muslim 35% Zanzibar: More than 99% Muslim

Ethnic Groups Mainland: African 99%, other 1% Zanzibar: Arab, African, mixed Arabic & African

Gov’t Republic

GDP/cap $1,400

PCVs 1962-1969; 1979 – present; education, environment, HIV AIDS awareness (Volunteers in country: 171; total to date: 2,202)

Nat’l holiday Union Day (Tanganyika and Zanzibar) 26 April (1964)

Adult Books

Tanzania in Pictures
by Bev Pritchett

Library Binding: 80 pages
Publisher: Twenty First Century Books; 2nd New, Revised ed. edition (December 15, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0822585718

Book Description
An overview of Tanzania's geography and history, along with an exploration of the political, economic, and cultural landscape of this east coast African nation.

Kids' Books

Elizabeti's school
by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen; illustrated by Christy Hale

Format: Paperback, 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1600602344
Age Range: 4–7 years
Publisher: New York: Lee & Low Books, 2002


Film: Nico’s Challenge
Director: Steve Audette (2009)


Ras NasDar-es-Salaam): Music from Tanzania

Focus Word

Focus Word for 2011 - "Celebration"

Kiswahli or Swahili: Sherehe (shay-ray-hay)

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