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THE FEDERAL DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA
The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is located in the Horn of Africa. It shares its borders with many countries, including Kenya or Djibouti. A densely populated country, Ethiopia also stands out for its large surface area: it is the ninth largest country in Africa.
Ethiopia is the 2nd most populous country in Africa with 108 million inhabitants in 2018, who are mostly young and rural. More than 60 languages are spoken, but 13 are the majority, including Oromo and Amharic.
The territory is mainly made up of high plateaus. Also, the Danakil Desert, or the Danakil Depression, is the hottest place on earth. The country has a very diverse environment crossed by six climatic zones.
This country is one of the richest culturally. One of the most remarkable tourist sites is located in Lalibela. These churches dug into the rock, dating from the 12th century, are stunning and constitute a rich heritage.
Ethiopian growth has experienced an increase of around 10% per year for the past ten years. GDP per capita has thus doubled, contributing to a significant reduction in poverty. The country's goal is to join the group of middle-income countries by 2025.
Considered as one of the cradles of humanity, Ethiopia is with Chad, Morocco and Kenya, one of the countries where we find the oldest hominids. Lucy was discovered there in 1974 and, in 2003, the oldest specimens of Homo sapiens.
Within Africa, Ethiopia is characterized as one of the countries to have retained its sovereignty during the partition of Africa in the 19th century: as a result, its colors often symbolize Africa and have been adopted by several other African states, in different configurations.
Ethiopia, now constitutionally secular, is a country where many beliefs coexist. After Armenia, it is the second oldest Christian nation in the world, Christianity having been established there around the year 330. Today there are Eastern Orthodox, Catholics and protesters . In addition, a third of its inhabitants are Muslim and religious minorities such as Jewish Beta Israel or Animists also live there.
The capital Addis Ababa, “New flower” in Oromo, is the capital of Ethiopia. This city with an area of 526.47 km2 and a population of more than three million inhabitants has been home to the headquarters of the African Union since 1963. Addis Ababa is located in the center of the country, on a plateau at an altitude of between 2,300 and 2,600 meters, which makes it the highest capital in Africa and the fifth in the world.
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