Noted for its year-round hot and humid weather, Dar es Salaam is the capital city for the United Republic of Tanzania.
Here’s a little-known interesting fact: In 2016, a newly opened pizza restaurant in Dar es Salaam set a Guinness World Record for the highest-altitude pizza delivery on land. A group of employees, the pizza chain’s African general manager and experienced guides drove, flew and walked about 463 miles (745 kilometers) from Dar es Salaam to eat a pepperoni pizza atop Mount Kilimanjaro–the world’s tallest freestanding mountain located on Tanzania’s northeastern border with Kenya. The pizza was officially delivered at the breath-taking altitude of 19,341 feet (5,897 meters).
Tanzania exported US$4.4 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2016. Tanzania’s highest-value export is gold. Other Tanzanian exports include precious-metal concentrates, TV reception equipment, bran or other wheat residues, cashews, sesame oil and tobacco according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Mwenge Woodcarvers Market, St. Joseph Cathedral and Tanzania Centre for Cultural Heritage
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania:
- Hasheem Thabeet, professional basketball player (born Feb. 16, 1987)
- Diamond Platnumz, award-winning pop singer (born Oct. 2, 1989)
- Marin Hinkle, actress (born Mar. 23, 1966)
- Ammaar Ghadiyali, Olympic swimmer (born May 30, 1997)
- Wema Sepetu, Miss Tanzania & model (born Sep. 28, 1988)
- Nisha Nayar, actress (born Jun. 7, 1967)
- Juma Mussa, R&B singer (born Sep. 1, 1989)
- Elizabeth Michael, actress (born Apr. 16, 1995)
- Anup Singh, filmmaker (born Mar. 14, 1961)
- Rachel Luttrell, actress (born Jan. 19, 1971)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Dar es Salaam resident: Dar es Salaamer
Population: 4,460,000 (Dar es Salaam city)
Density: 19,391 people per square mile (7,487 per square kilometer)
Population: 5,116,000 (Dar es Salaam Region)
Density: 9,509 people per square mile (3,672 per square kilometer)
Population: 52,482,726 (Tanzania)
Density: 153 people per square mile (59 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$150.6 billion as of October 2016 (for Tanzania, per WorldsRichestCountries.com)
GDP per person: $2,870
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Dar es Salaam were unavailable.
Official currency used in Dar es Salaam: Tanzanian shilling
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on November 25, 2016
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Africa: Tanzania. Accessed on February 2, 2017
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas. Accessed on November 25, 2016
CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition. Accessed on November 25, 2016
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on November 25, 2016
Guinness World Records, Pizza Hut makes delivery to top of Mount Kilimanjaro to earn Guinness World Records title. Accessed on February 2, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on August 1, 2017
Official Government Website, Dar es Salaam City Council. Accessed on November 25, 2016
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on November 25, 2016
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Dar es Salaam. Accessed on November 25, 2016
Wikipedia, Dar es Salaam Region. Accessed on November 25, 2016
Wikipedia, Tanzania. Accessed on February 2, 2017
WWF, Ten Interesting Facts about Mt. Kilimanjaro. Accessed on February 2, 2017
The world’s largest and most populous Swahili speaking city, Dar es Salaam has a population of 4.5 million residents over an area measuring 230 square miles (596 square kilometers).
Dar es Salaam also serves as the capital for the Dar es Salaam Region, one of Tanzania’s 30 administrative regions. The Dar es Salaam Region is home to 5.1 million people inhabiting a vast expanse of 538 square miles (1,393 square kilometers).
At the country level, Tanzania’s land area covers 342,009 square miles (885,800 square kilometers). The national population count was 52.5 million inhabitants as of July 2016.
Population density is higher within Tanzania’s capital city with an average 19,400 Dar es Salaamers per square mile (7,500 per square kilometer).
Density reduces by half to an average 9,500 people per square mile (3,700 per square kilometer) for the more expansive Dar es Salaam Region.
For Tanzania overall, population density drops to an average 150 inhabitants per square mile (60 per square kilometer).
Tanzanians celebrates its Union Day each April 26. Back on April 26, 1964 Tanganyika united with Zanzibar. The resulting United Republic of Tanganyika was renamed the United Republic of Tanzania on October 29, 1964.