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Tanzania

Tanzania
Standards
Road Traffic:left side
Electricity:
Voltage:230V
Frequency:50 Hz
Plug types:D, G,
TV Systems:
System:PAL B
DVD-Region: 5
Geography

Location:
Eastern Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, between Kenya and Mozambique
Area:
total: 945,087 sq km
land: 886,037 sq km
water: 59,050 sq km
Climate:
varies from tropical along coast to temperate in highlands
Terrain:
plains along coast; central plateau; highlands in north, south
Economy
GDP: $27.07 billion (2005 est.)
GDP growth rate: 0% (2005 est.)
GDP per capita: $700 (2005 est.)
Inflation rate: 4.3% (2005 est.)
Currency: Tanzanian shilling (TZS)
Exchange rates:
Tanzanian shillings per US dollar - 1,128.93 (2005), 1,089.33 (2004), 1,038.42 (2003), 966.58 (2002), 876.41 (2001)
People
Population:
note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected (July 2006 est.)
Growth rate: 1.83% (2006 est.)
Religions:
mainland - Christian 30%, Muslim 35%, indigenous beliefs 35%; Zanzibar - more than 99% Muslim
Languages:
note: Kiswahili (Swahili) is the mother tongue of the Bantu people living in Zanzibar and nearby coastal Tanzania; although Kiswahili is Bantu in structure and origin, its vocabulary draws on a variety of sources, including Arabic and English, and it has become the lingua franca of central and eastern Africa; the first language of most people is one of the local languages
Government
Capital:
name: Dar es Salaam
time difference: UTC+3 (8 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
note: legislative offices have been transferred to Dodoma, which is planned as the new national capital; the National Assembly now meets there on a regular basis
Independence:
26 April 1964; Tanganyika became independent 9 December 1961 (from UK-administered UN trusteeship); Zanzibar became independent 19 December 1963 (from UK); Tanganyika united with Zanzibar 26 April 1964 to form the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar; renamed United Republic of Tanzania 29 October 1964


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