Tanzania Abbreviations

TZ is the abbreviation for Tanzania, the 31st largest country in the world. Officially the United Republic of Tanzania, Tanzania is a country located in East Africa, bordering 9 countries – Burundi, Comoro Islands, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia. Dodoma (de jure) is the capital city of Tanzania. Major cities include Dar es Salaam (population: 2,698,641), Mwanza (population: 436,790), Zanzibar (population: 403,647), Arusha (population: 341,125), Mbeya (population: 291,638), Morogoro (population: 250,891), Tanga (population: 224,865), Dodoma (population: 180,530), Kigoma (population: 164,257), and Moshi (population: 156,948).

Country Profile

  • Capital: Dodoma (de jure)
  • Language: Arabic
  • Area: 947,303 km2
  • Population: 55,572,212
  • Currency: Tanzanian shilling (TZS)
  • Time zone: UTC+3
  • Calling code: 255
  • ISO 2-Letter Abbreviation: TZ
  • UN 3-Letter Abbreviation: TZA
  • Internet TLD: .tz
  • State Government Website: http://tanzania.go.tz

Map of Tanzania

List of Tanzania Acronyms

The most commonly used abbreviations about Tanzania are TZ which stands for Tanzania and TZS which means Tanzanian shilling (Tanzania currency). In the following table, you can see all acronyms related to Tanzania, including abbreviations for airport, city, school, port, government, and etc.

TZ: Tanzania

Abbreviation Meaning
ACTT Affordable Computers and Technology for Tanzania
AICT Africa Inland Church Tanzania
TC Air Tanzania
ATC Air Tanzania
ARK Arusha, Tanzania
ATTT Association of Tanzania Tobacco Traders
BOT Bank of Tanzania
CCT Christian Council of Tanzania
CTI Confederation of Tanzania Industries
DAR Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania – International
FPAT Family Planning Association of Tanzania
FAT Football Association of Tanzania
IPTL Independent Power Tanzania Limited
JAST Joint Assistance Strategy for Tanzania
JET Journalists Environmental Association of Tanzania
TKQ Kigoma, Tanzania
JRO Kilimanjaro, Tanzania – Kilimanjaro
METL Mohammed Enterprises Tanzania Ltd.
RHAT Rainwater Harvesting Association of Tanzania
SATZ South Africa Tanzania
SBT Sugar Board of Tanzania
TZ Tanzania
TZA Tanzania
TARO Tanzania Agricultural Research Organisation
TAA Tanzania Airports Authority
TANGO Tanzania Association of Non-Governmental Organizations
TATO Tanzania Association of Tour Operators
TBS Tanzania Bureau of Standards
TCD Tanzania Centre for Democracy
TCDD Tanzania Coalition on Debt and Development
TCRA Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority
TCMB Tanzania Cotton Marketing Board
TDIC Tanzania Development Information Centre
TEDG Tanzania Ecumenical Dialogue Group
TES Tanzania Environmental Society
TEC Tanzania Episcopal Conference
TFF Tanzania Football Federation
TGTS Tanzania Game Tracker Safaris, Ltd.
TGNP Tanzania Gender Networking Programme
TGEM Tanzania Girls Education Movement
TGN Tanzania Governance Noticeboard
THIS Tanzania HIV/AIDS Indicator Survey
TAHEA Tanzania Home Economics Association
THRET Tanzania Human Rights Education Trust
TIX Tanzania Internet Exchange
TLP Tanzania Labor Party
TPDC Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation
TPI Tanzania Pharmaceutical Industry Ltd
TPAWU Tanzania Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union
TPC Tanzania Posts Corporation
TPHA Tanzania Public Health Association
TRANSFER Tanzania Revenue Authority
TRAINING Tanzania Revenue Authority
TRA Tanzania Revenue Authority
TSA Tanzania Serengeti Adventure
TSED Tanzania Socio-Economic Database
TTB Tanzania Tourist Board
TVCF Tanzania Venture Capital Fund
THB Tanzanian Housing Bank
TRC Tanzanian Red Cross
TSH Tanzanian Shilling
TZS Tanzanian Shilling
TRIT Tea Research Institute of Tanzania
TCT Tourism Confederation of Tanzania
UWT Umoja wa Wanawake wa Tanzania
UTPC Union of Tanzania Press Club
WCST Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania
WVT World Vision Tanzania
ZNZ Zanzibar, Tanzania – Kisauni


Tanzania’s landscape is very varied. The country has large mountain areas, savannas, lakes, and a coastline with both coral reefs and mangrove forests. Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, and the largest African lake, Lake Victoria, is located in Tanzania. The country has a very rich plant and animal life, and is known for, among other things, the black rhino. Over a third of the country’s land is protected as national parks or game reserves.

Despite extensive conservation, Tanzania loses 3,720 square kilometers of forest land per year, because the land is used for agriculture. The country also has problems with destruction, soil erosion and coral reef destruction along the coast. In addition to illegal hunting in the national parks, and ivory smuggling. High population density and increasing pollution create environmental problems in the cities.

The climate in the country varies, from the tropical monsoon climate on the coast, to the dry warm climate inland. The rainy season usually falls between December and May, but some areas have two short periods between October – November and April – May.


For centuries, the culture of Tanzania, especially in the coastal areas, was strongly influenced by the Arabs, through trade and shipping. At Zanzibar an Arab trading station was established, and from 1698 Zanzibar (consisting of the islands of Unguja and Pemba) was subject to the Sultan of Oman. Under the Arab rule, Tanzania was characterized by slave trade. Tanzania has been under German and British rule during the colonial period.

In 1884, Tanzania, or Tanganyika (the mainland of Tanzania), became a German protectorate. Zanzibar retained its independence until it came under British rule in 1890. Only then was the slave trade minimized. After Germany lost World War I, Tanganyika was given to the United Kingdom as a mandate. British rule continued after World War II.

In 1961, Tanzania became independent, and the following year a republic was established. Zanzibar became independent in 1963. The following year Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged, forming the union “United Republic of Tanzania”. In 1965, a new constitution was passed, and Tanzania formally became a one-party state, ruled that the revolution honors the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party. Drought and decline in food production led the country to introduce multi-party system and market economy in the 1990s.

Society and politics

Tanzania is a republic and a union, consisting of mainland Tanganyika and the islands of Zanzibar. The president is the head of state and the head of government. The president appoints the prime minister and the government and can veto the National Assembly’s bill. Zanzibar has partial internal autonomy. The archipelago has its own constitution, president and national assembly, and has self-determination in matters that only concern Zanzibar.

The relationship between Tanzania and Zanzibar has long been characterized by dissatisfaction. The people of Zanzibar want greater independence, while mainland Tanzanians believe that they should be satisfied with the existing Union agreement. This is a conflict that is compounded by the fact that the mainland population is mainly Christian, while Zanzibar is mostly Muslim. Muslims are often disadvantaged, have lower education and fewer opportunities in the labor market.

Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) has held the government in Tanzania since independence in 1961. The opposition parties are divided and have little power. CCM has an authoritarian character, and functions more as a power apparatus than a people’s movement. Corruption is a problem in politics and the judiciary, and there have often been accusations of electoral fraud. In Tanzania, freedom of the press and freedom of expression is not a matter of course or statutory. Human rights in Tanzania are under pressure, and gays are a vulnerable group. Human rights organizations have also criticized Tanzania for the occurrence of torture, the death penalty and police attacks.

Economics and Commerce

Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in Africa and relies on financial assistance and loans. The country today has a market economy. Large parts of Tanzania’s population live below the poverty line, but the population does not normally starve.

Most people in Tanzania feed on agriculture. After discovering natural gas in 2012, the country wants to become a major exporter of the resource. The country’s most important industries, mining – especially gold – tourism and other service industries, have generated economic growth, but development is hampered by corruption, heavy bureaucracy, and poor infrastructure.

Several corruption scandals have characterized the country and have led to aid being withheld. In addition, the corruption has led to great differences between the poor and the rich. The country also has problems with large foreign debt, since import revenues are less than export revenues, the country has had to raise large foreign loans in order to avoid trade deficits.

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