About Ethiopia

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  • Location: - Ethiopia is situated in North Eastern Africa: bordering with the Sudan in the west, Eritrea in the north, Djibouti in the east, and Somali in the east and Kenya in the South.
  • Climate: - There are two major seasons: the dry season prevails from October through May: the wet season runs from June to September.
  • Topography: Ethiopia is a land of natural contrasts, from the tops of over 4,000 meters high rugged Semein Mountains to the depths of the Dankil depression, which is at least 148 meters below sea level that made it the lowest dry land on earth. Ethiopia has an elevated central plateau varying in height, 2,000 and 3,000 meters above sea level. In the north and centre of the Country, there are some 25 mountains whose peaks elevate over 4,000 meters. The most famous Ethiopia River is Blue Nile (Abbay), which runs a distance of 1,450 kilometres from its source to join the White Nile at Khartoum.
  • Population: - Estimated over 77 million: around 50 percent are under 20 years of age. The average number of inhabitants per square kilometre is 49.
  • Religion: - Major religions in the Country are Christianity and Islam. But there are a number of traditional religions as well. One prominent feature of Ethiopia's multi-religious society is religious tolerance that exists among different groups.
  • Language: - Ethiopia is a multi-ethnic state with a great variety of languages. Over 80 languages are spoken in the Country with some 200 dialects. Amharic is the working language of the federal government while Oromo language and Tigrigna are the other local languages widely spoken in the Country. Moreover, English, French, Arabic and Italian languages are widely spoken.
  • Economy: - About 85% of the Country's population earns living from agriculture. Therefore, agriculture makes the backbone of the national economy and source of principal export items.

Source: The unique Ethiopian Millennium Hand book

 

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