Country Profile - Ethiopia

Name: Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Location: Northeast Africa

Time: IST (-) 2 1/2 hrs

Capital: Addis Ababa

Language: Amarigna (Amharic) (official) 32.7%, Oromigna (official regional) 31.6%, Tigrigna (official regional) 6.1%, Somaligna 6%, Guaragigna 3.5%, Sidamigna 3.5%, Hadiyigna 1.7%, other 14.8%, English (official) (major foreign language taught in schools), Arabic (official) (1994 census)

Area: 1,133,380 sq kms

Population: 90,873,739 (July 2011 est.)

National Day: 28 May (Liberation Day)

Currency: Ethiopian Birr (EYB).

Climate: Hot and humid in the lowlands, warm in the hill country and cool in the uplands. Most rainfall is from June to September.

Holidays: 1 May Labour Day. 5 Mar Patriots Victory Day. 28 May Downfall of the Dergue.

Airline Name: Ethiopian Airlines (ET)

International Airports: Bole (Addis Ababa) (ADD)