Ethiopia

About Ethiopia

Ethiopia is the largest economy in east and central Africa, and the continent’s most populous landlocked country, with 93 million people. The spiritual homeland of the Rastafari movement, it was also the first empire in the world to adopt Christianity as a state religion.

Tourist Information
This has left a rich heritage, visible in the rock-hewn churches and ancient Christian festivals of Lalibela, a World Heritage site.

Another World Heritage site is Harar. French symbolist poet Arthur Rimbaud lived in here, with his house now being a museum. With 368 alleyways packed into just one square kilometre, visitors say the city is more like Morocco than East Africa.

The Simien Mountains National Park, and the Bale Mountains National Park offer spectacular trekking and wildlife watching, with the Danakil Depression in northern Ethiopia offering a real wilderness experience.

Transport
Addis Ababa is served by Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, and Diri Dawa by Aba Tenna Dejazmach Yilma International Airport. There are about 80 other airports and airstrips throughout the country.

The Ethiopian government has been working on a major project to build new roads and improve existing roads since the 1990s.

Languages
Amharic is the national language of Ethiopia. About 90 local languages are spoken in the country, including Oromo with around 25 million speakers.

 

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