Ethiopia Facts for Kids

A Picture of the Flag of Ethiopia
  • Country Name: Ethiopia
  • Continent: Africa
  • Primary Language: Amharic
  • Population: 109,224,414 (2018 estimate)
  • Currency: Birr (ETB)
  • GDP: 84.356 billion (2018, World Bank)

24 Ethiopia Facts for Kids

  1. Ethiopia is a country on the continent of Africa.
  2. The official name for Ethiopia is the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
  3. A native or resident of Ethiopia is called an Ethiopian.
  4. The primary language spoken in Ethiopia is Amharic. However, Oromo is more popular amongst the population at 34% and Amharic at 29%.
  5. The capital city of Ethiopia is Addis Ababa, also called “Finfinne”.
  6. The population of Ethiopia was 109,224,414 based on 2018 estimates.
  7. According to estimates by the United Nations in 2019, Ethiopia was the 12th most populated country in the world.
  8. The national currency of Ethiopia is the Birr (ETB).
  9. In 2018, the World Bank estimated the GDP of Ethiopia was 84.356 billion USD.
  10. According to estimates by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Ethiopia was 61st on the list of countries with the highest GDP (PPP) in 2019.
  11. The country of Ethiopia covers 435,186 square miles.
  12. Ethiopia is the 26th largest country by square miles.
  13. The largest city in Ethiopia is Addis Ababa (Finfinne).
  14. The highest point in Ethiopia is the Ras Dejen mountain at 14,930 feet.
  15. The longest river in Ethiopia is the Blue Nile River at 900 miles long.
  16. The Blue Nile River along with the White Nile River in Rwanda are the two main flows of water to the Nile River.
  17. The largest lake in Ethiopia and the source of the Blue Nile is Lake Tana at 1,200 square miles.
  18. The government of Ethiopia is a Federal parliamentary constitutional republic.
  19. Ethiopia is divided into nine regions and two self-governing charter cities.
  20. Drivers in Ethiopia drive on the right side of the road.
  21. The country calling code for Ethiopia is +251.
  22. The ISO 3166 code for Ethiopia is ET.
  23. The national anthem of Ethiopia is called “March Forward, Dear Mother Ethiopia”, also called “Honour of Citizenship”.
  24. It’s estimated that 62.8% of the people living in Ethiopia are Christians.

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