ethiopia

Continent: Africa

Region: Eastern Africa (The Horn of Africa)

Area: 426,400 square miles (ranked 27th)

Capital: Addis Ababa

Population: 84,734,262 as of 2011

Main Language: Amharic

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Fun Facts


  • Officially called the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the country is landlocked surrounded by Eritrea to the north, Djibouti and Somalia to the east, Sudan and South Sudan to the west, and Kenya to the south.

  • Ethiopia is the most populous landlocked country in the world.

  • Ethiopia is the only African country with its own alphabet.

  • For many years in the past, Ethiopia was headed only by female rulers. A legend has it that even Alexander the Great stopped at the borders of Ethiopia because he did not want to risk being defeated by a woman.

  • The Mursi tribe, one of the fiercest tribes in Africa calls Ethiopia its home. The women of the tribe are famous for wearing lip plates to appear less attractive to slave traders, who were known to sell them in Western countries.

  • It is the birthplace of coffee and Ethiopians have official coffee ceremonies in their homes. If you are offered coffee, it is very rude to decline.

  • Traditionally, parents and children do not share a last name. Most kids take their father's first name as their last name.