Guide to ETHIOPIA
ETHIOPIA which official name is Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia or Ethiopia, is a country from Africa located at the Eastern Africa, west of Somalia. ETHIOPIA with 5,328 km sq km, limits with: Djibouti 349 km, Eritrea 912 km, Kenya 861 km, Somalia 1,600 km, Sudan 1,606 km; and is divided in 9 ethnically-based states . ETHIOPIA's capital is Addis Ababa which is the most populated city with about 2,757,807 inhabitants.
History of ETHIOPIA
ETHIOPIA's government is federal republic; a Republic with a Ceremonial government type, with President Girma Wolde-Giorgis as head of state and Prime Minister Meles Zenawi as head of government.
Other symbols of ETHIOPIA are Ethiopian anthem "Wodefit Gesgeshi, Widd Innat Ityopp'ya (March Forward, Dear Mother Ethiopia) Ethiopian flag.Ethiopian flag is composed by three equal horizontal bands of green (top), yellow, and red with a yellow pentagram and single yellow rays emanating from the angles between the points on a light blue disk centered on the three bands; Ethiopia is the oldest independent country in Africa, and the three main colors of her flag were so often adopted by other African countries upon independence that they became known as the pan-African colors .
ETHIOPIA's history is quite long: Unique among African countries, the ancient Ethiopian monarchy maintained its freedom from colonial rule with the exception of the 1936-41 Italian occupation during World War II. In 1974, a military junta, the Derg, deposed Emperor Haile SELASSIE (who had ruled since 1930) and established a socialist state. Torn by bloody coups, uprisings, wide-scale drought, and massive refugee problems, the regime was finally toppled in 1991 by a coalition of rebel forces, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). A constitution was adopted in 1994, and Ethiopia's first multiparty elections were held in 1995. A border war with Eritrea late in the 1990's ended with a peace treaty in December 2000. Final demarcation of the boundary is currently on hold due to Ethiopian objections to an international commission's finding requiring it to surrender territory considered sensitive to Ethiopia.
ETHIOPIA has an area of 1,127,127Km ,with a coastline of 0, this great area is composed by 1,119,683 sq km of land and 7,444 sq km of water. Ethiopian geography is known by it's high plateau with central mountain range divided by Great Rift Valley . This makes Ethiopian's land specially proclive to geologically active Great Rift Valley susceptible to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions; frequent droughts.
Guide to travel to ETHIOPIA
If you are thinking on traveling to ETHIOPIA, you will have to take in consideration some points like ETHIOPIA's currency, ETHIOPIA's weather, ETHIOPIA's national holiday and ETHIOPIA's transports.
The first thing you need to know for your travels abroad is country's currency. ETHIOPIA`s currency is called birr ( Br), which is divided in 100 cents
ETHIOPIA's weather is characterized to be tropical monsoon with wide topographic-induced variation. So be sure of choosing the proper date to travel to ETHIOPIA.
You can also consider to visit ETHIOPIA on it's national holiday to get in ETHIOPIA's culture. If you do so, ETHIOPIA's national holiday is called National Day, 28 May.
Also, if you like natural wonders, don't forget to visit the highest point of ETHIOPIA: Ras Dejen 4,620 m. And try also to get to ETHIOPIA's lowest point: Denakil Depression -125 mBut if you prefer the city, you must visit ETHIOPIA's tallest structure: ( ).
Don't be afraid to take a flight to ETHIOPIA, with more than 84 airports and 1 airlines, you will get to ETHIOPIA without problems. Once there, you can choose the transport type that better fits your needs. ETHIOPIA has about699 of railways, and also0 of roadways, so is a good place for a car trip.
ETHIOPIA is known by Ethiopians as Ityop'iya Federalawi Demokrasiyawi Ripeblik or Ityop'iya in the shortened way. Ethiopian, about 76,511,887 people, are composed by different ethnics: Oromo 32.1%, Amara 30.1%, Tigraway 6.2%, Somalie 5.9%, Guragie 4.3%, Sidama 3.5%, Welaita 2.4%, other 15.4% (1994 census). And they also have different languages: Amharic.
Another relevant point nowadays it's ETHIOPIA's religion. Ethiopians are divided in Christian 60.8% (Orthodox 50.6%, Protestant 10.2%), Muslim 32.8%, traditional 4.6%, other 1.8% (1994 census).
But if want to know more about ETHIOPIA's culture, the best way is by reading the most famous Ethiopian novelists' books like Hama Tuma (1949– ), Moges Kebede or Afawarq Gabra Iyasus.
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