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Tanzania is pronounced tan·zuh·nee·uh” or “tan·zawn·yuh and is one of the 10 countries located in East Africa. This country’s name is a combination of the first letters of Tanganyika and Zanzibar, which are the two states that merged to form Tanzania in 1964. This country gained its independence on December 9, 1961. As of 2020, there are about 73,000 people of Tanzanian decent that live in the United States. Continue reading below to learn more about the beautiful African country, Tanzania.

Tanzania African Country Flag

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What Does The Tanzania Flag Represent?

The green and black colors were taken from the original Tanganyika flag. The blue color was borrowed from the Zanzibar flag.

  • GREEN: represents the country’s rich green agricultural lands and natural vegetation. It also denotes peace and unity in Tanzania, and its incorporation on the flag is a reminder to the Tanzanians of the need to grow their economy through agriculture and preserve their forests while upholding peace.
  • BLACK: represents the native Swahili people who account for the majority of the country’s native population. The black color also signifies the unity of the native Swahili people through their skin color, reminding them that they should not be discriminated against based on their complexion.
  • YELLOW STRIPES: represent the country’s rich mineral deposits.
  • BLUE: symbolizes the lakes and rivers that flow through the country as well as the Indian Ocean.

Where is Tanzania located?

Tanzania is located in East Africa bordered by Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, and DR Congo.

World Data Locator Map, Tanzania

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What Timezone is Tanzania in?

Tanzania is in the East Africa Time Zone. Tanzania is 7 hours ahead of the east coast, 8 hours ahead of central standard time and 10 hours ahead of the west coast.

Facts

Facts About Tanzania:

  1. Capital: Dodoma
  2. Population: 63.59 million
  3. Nationality: Tanzanian
  4. Tanzania is made up of 20 regions and Zanzibar has 5 regions.
  5. Political system: Democratic Republic
  6. National symbol: The Torch of Uhuru represents light and freedom.
  7. Drinking age: 18
  8. Side of road to drive on: Left (opposite of the USA)

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Languages

What Are The Official Languages of Tanzania?

Swahili is the official language in Tanzania but English is commonly spoken as well. Other languages include; Maasai, Datooga, Ngasa, Ogiek, Kisankasa, Pare, Bemba, Safwa, Digo, Hehe, Makonde, Nyamwezi, Yao, and Luguru.

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Currency

What is the Currency in Tanzania?

Shillings is the currency used in Tanzania.

$1 = 2,355.00 TZS

$20 = 4,7100.00 TZS

$60 = 141,300.00 TZS

Tanzanian shilling a business background

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Entertainment

With musical artist like Zuchu, Diamond Platnumz, and Rayvanny, the Tanzanian music scene is very active. Bongo Flava is a nickname for Tanzanian music which was developed in the ’90s. Bongo Flava is a mix of American Hip-Hop with the traditional Tanzanian genres of taarab and dansi.

Checkout some of the music from Tanzania in the music video playlist below:

 

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Religion

What Are The Religions of Tanzania?

In Tanzania the 2 main religions practiced are; Christianity (63.1%) and Islam (34.1%).

Food

What Are The Traditional Foods of Tanzania?

Popular dishes you must try from Tanzania are; Chipsi Mayai, Nyama Choma, Ugali, Mshikaki, and Zanzibar pizza.

Holidays

What the Holidays Celebrated in Tanzania?

Independence Day: December 9, 1961

Tourist Attractions

Places to visit in Tanzania:

Tourist spots: Places to visit in Tanzania

  • Serengeti National Park
  • Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Lake Natron (seen in the video below)

Is Tanzania Safe?

When traveling anywhere especially for the first time, you should be vigilant and take all possible precaution measures in order to minimize the risk of getting stolen from, hurt or put in danger.

The Top 3  Places To Live In Tanzania:

I hope this information has given you more insight into Tanzania but there is so much more to learn! Visit their tourism website here to see more.

Also be sure to checkout articles on each of the 54 countries in Africa by clicking here: Countries of Africa

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