Ethiopia

Ethiopia
November 17, 2014 Miriam Chiazor

Welcome to Ethiopia

If there is a country on the African continent whose cultural diversity, natural beauty and rich heritage matches that of the glorious history of Egypt, it is certainly Ethiopia whose past dates back to biblical times. Formerly called Abyssinia, Ethiopia is one of the oldest countries in the world, and was never colonized. After a 5-year occupation (1936-41), she successfully repelled the Italians Fascists to remain one of the world’s oldest independent states. Ethiopia a founding member of the UN.

While there is variation caused by the topographical difference, the dominant climate is classified as tropical monsoon. Most of the major cities are at a relatively high altitude, and the country is notable for producing world and Olympic record holders, like Haile Gebrselassie, Kenenisa Bekele, Tirunesh Dibaba and Meseret Defar, in long-distance races.

Ethiopia offers tourists an exciting mélange of attractions ranging such as ancient landmarks and archeological remains like the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, castles of Gondar and the monasteries around and on the islands of Lake Tana. There are interesting cultural display such as Surma, which is a stick-fighting event, or the feeding of hyenas in the evening by the hyena-men in Harar.

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Quick facts

  • Official name
    Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
  • Location
    Ethiopia is a land-locked country located in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Eritrea to the north and northeast, Djibouti and Somalia to the east, Sudan and South Sudan to the west, and Kenya to the south
  • Government
    Federal republic
  • Dialing code
    +251
  • Climate weather
    Temperate/low
  • Population
    96,633,458 on 2,896 km²
  • Official language
    Amharic
  • Other major languages
    English, Tingrinya, Oromo
  • Currency
    Ethiopian Birr (ETB)
  • Foreign currencies accepted
    GBP (£), USD ($)
  • Entry requirements
    Visa (Less than 7 days to process); Yellow Fever certificate is required only for travelers coming from a country with risk of Yellow Fever transmission but recommended for all. (For more information, visit - www.tourismethiopia.gov.et)

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