United Republic of Tanzania
Jamhuri Ya Muungano Wa Tanzania
CAPITAL : Dodoma
FLAG : The flag consists of a black diagonal stripe running from the lower left corner to the upper right corner, flanked by yellow stripes. The diagonal stripes separate two triangular areas: green at the upper left and blue at the lower right.
ANTHEM : The Tanzanian National Anthem is a setting to new words of the widely known hymn Mungu Ibariki Afrika (God Bless Africa).
MONETARY UNIT : The Tanzanian shilling (S H ) of 100 cents is a paper currency. There are coins of 5, 10, 20, and 50 cents and 1, 5, 10, and 20 shillings, and notes of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1,000 shillings. S H 1 = $0.000951 (or $1 = S H 1,051) as of May 2003.
WEIGHTS AND MEASURES : The metric system is used.
HOLIDAYS : Zanzibar Revolution Day, 12 January; Chama Cha Mapinduzi Day, 5 February; Union Day, 26 April; International Workers' Day, 1 May; Farmers' Day, 7 July; Independence Day, 9 December; Christmas, 25 December. Movable religious holidays include 'Id al-Fitr, 'Id al-'Adha', Milad an-Nabi, Good Friday, and Easter Monday.
TIME : 3 PM = noon GMT.
With over 6% of Tanzania's area consisting of open lake waters, inland fishing, especially on Lake Tanganyika, occupies an important place in the economy. There is also fishing in the Indian Ocean. The total catch was 332,779 tons in 2000, about 84% from inland waters. Nile perch, dagaas, and tilapias are the main species caught.
All insurance companies were nationalized in 1967. There is one national insurance company, the National Insurance Corporation of Tanzania, that covers life, fire, automobile, marine, and general accident insurance.
Tanzania has no territories or colonies.
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