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Tanzania is an Eastern Africa country with a population of 51.82 million people.

The nation is mountainous and densely forested in the northeast, where Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain is located.  Three of Africa's Great Lakes are partly within Tanzania. Tanzania has 16 national parks, plus a variety of game and forest reserves, including the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.   Tanzania is highly biodiverse and contains a wide variety of animal habitats. On Tanzania's Serengeti plain, white-bearded wildebeest and other bovids participate in a large-scale annual migration. Tanzania is also home to about 130 amphibian and over 275 reptile species, many of them strictly endemic and included in the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red Lists of different countries.

Over 100 different languages are spoken in Tanzania, making it the most linguistically diverse country in East Africa.  Among the languages spoken in Tanzania are all four of Africa's language families: Bantu, Cushitic, Nilotic, and Khoisan.  Swahili and English are Tanzania's official languages.  Most Tanzanians thus speak both Swahili and a local language; many educated Tanzanians are trilingual; also speaking English.