Tanzania Regional Structure

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The following aide memoir outlines a proposed category mapping of the regional structure for Tanzania. This regional category structure is being presented for discussion in line with Proposing_Category_Structures. It shall proceed, once approved, through the proposal/feedback process in the G2G forums.

The proposal is a Regional Structure, concerning the United Republic of Tanzania. Tanzania has a history of German colonial possession, British mandated rule, and independence in 1961. As with most African nations, subject to colonialism, there have been location name changes at country, provincial, and city/town level.

The intent is to clearly outline the second, third and fourth tiers to accommodate the placement of ‘landing’ categories for cities, districts, settlements and towns where Tanzanians were born, lived and died.


Place Categories

The United Republic of Tanzania was established in December 1961. Previously the country was a British Mandated Territory, called Tanganyika, although that was preceded by German East Africa until 1918.


Place categories will by a subsidiary category of the existing category, Category:Tanzania - listed under Category: Regions/Category: Africa.

  • Category:Tanzania
    • Category:Tanzania, Places

Tanzanian Regional Categories

Tanzanian Region categories are structured with Region name, followed by the country name (i.e. [[Category:<name> Region, Tanzania]]). There are 31 Regions:

  • Category:Tanzania
    • Category:Tanzania, Places
      • Category:Arusha Region, Tanzania
      • Category:Dar es Salaam Region, Tanzania
      • Category:Dodoma Region, Tanzania
      • Category:Geita Region, Tanzania
      • Category:Iringa Region, Tanzania
      • Category:Kagera Region, Tanzania
      • Category:Katavi Region, Tanzania
      • Category:Kigoma Region, Tanzania
      • Category:Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania
      • Category:Lindi Region, Tanzania
      • Category:Manyara Region, Tanzania
      • Category:Mara Region, Tanzania
      • Category:Mbeya Region, Tanzania
      • Category:Mjini Magharibi Region, Tanzania
      • Category:Morogoro Region, Tanzania
      • Category:Mtwara Region, Tanzania
      • Category:Mwanza Region, Tanzania
      • Category:Njombe Region, Tanzania
      • Category:Pemba North Region, Tanzania
      • Category:Pemba South Region, Tanzania
      • Category:Pwani Region, Tanzania
      • Category:Rukwa Region, Tanzania
      • Category:Ruvuma Region, Tanzania
      • Category:Shinyanga Region, Tanzania
      • Category:Simiyu Region, Tanzania
      • Category:Singida Region, Tanzania
      • Category:Songwe Region, Tanzania
      • Category:Tabora Region, Tanzania
      • Category:Tanga Region, Tanzania
      • Category:Unguja North Region, Tanzania
      • Category:Unguja South Region, Tanzania

Districts, Municipalities, and Settlements

Each Region has a regionalial capital, themselves municipalities,

  • Category:Tanzania
    • Category:Tanzania, Places
      • Category:Dar es Salaam Region, Tanzania
        • Category:Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam Region
      • Category:Mwanza Region, Tanzania
        • Category:Mwanza, Mwanza Region
      • Category:Arusha Region, Tanzania
        • Category:Arusha, Arusha Region
      • Category:Dodoma Region, Tanzania
        • Category:Dodoma, Dodoma Region
      • Category:Mbeya Region, Tanzania
        • Category:Mbeya, Mbeya Region
      • Category:Morogoro Region, Tanzania
        • Category:Morogoro, Morogoro Region
      • Category:Tanga Region, Tanzania
        • Category:Tanga, Tanga Region
      • Category:Shinyanga Region, Tanzania
        • Category:Kahama, Shinyanga Region
      • Category:Tabora Region, Tanzania
        • Category:Tabora, Tabora Region

Historical Place Categories

Tanzania came into being on 9 December 1961 with her national independence from Great Britain. To align with the historical aspects of Tanzania, these historical places would be added under the tier 1 category, Tanzania, Historic Places. This seems to be consistent with other countries in Africa where the regional structure has been approved.

  • Category:Tanzania
    • Category:Tanzania, Historic Places

Historical Districts, Municipalities, and Settlements

District and local municipalities should be named in the format [[Category:<City/Town>, <Province>, <Historical Place>]]. This naming format applies equally to places using various designations such as city, town, settlement, or village. However, due to a lack of clarity, and subject to further research, districts and towns pre-1918 under Deutsch-Ostafrika may, for the time being, be in the format [[Category:<City/Town>, <Historical Place>]]. There must be some discussion as to whether we utilise the German given names, or local indigenous names. The latter should actually be preferred.

  • Category:Tanzania
    • Category:Tanzania, Historic Places
    • Category:Former Countries in Africa
      • Category:Tanganyika
        • Category:Central Province, Tanganyika
          • Category:Dodoma, Central Province
        • Category:Dar es Salaam Province, Tanganyika
          • Category:Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam Province
        • Category:Eastern Province, Tanganyika
        • Category:Lake Province, Tanganyika
          • Category:Mwanza, Lake Province
        • Category:Northern Province, Tanganyika
          • Category:Arusha, Northern Province
        • Category:Pemba Province, Tanganyika
        • Category:Southern Province, Tanganyika
          • Category:Mtwara, Southern Province
        • Category:Southern Highlands Province, Tanganyika
          • Category:Iringa, Southern Highlands Province
        • Category:Tanga Province, Tanganyika
          • Category:Tanga, Tanga Province
        • Category:West Lake Province, Tanganyika
          • Category:Bukoba, West Lake Province
        • Category:Western Province, Tanganyika
          • Category:Kigoma, Western Province
        • Category:Zanzibar Province, Tanganyika
      • Category:Deutsch-Ostafrika
        • Category:Bismarckburg, Deutsch-Ostafrika - also known as Kasanga
        • Category:Friedberg, Deutsch-Ostafrika - also known as Nyakanazi
        • Category:Gottorp, Deutsch-Ostafrika - also known as Uvinza
        • Category:Langenburg and Neu-Langenburg, Deutsch-Ostafrika - also known as Tukuyu
        • Category:Neu-Bethel, Deutsch-Ostafrika - also known as Mnazi
        • Category:Neu-Langenburg, Deutsch-Ostafrika - also known as Lumbira
        • Category:Sachsenwald, Deutsch-Ostafrika - also known as Sekenke
        • Category:Wilhelmsdorf, Deutsch-Ostafrika - also known as Lushoto


Linkages between historic and current places shall be achieved through category information boxes (CIB) at both the town and provincial level.

Visual Overview

Tanzania Regional Structure


Field-4274 13:54, 9 Sep 2021 (UTC)

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