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Introduction Ethiopia
Unique among African countries, ancient Ethiopian monarchy maintained its freedom from colonial rule, one exception being Italian occupation of 1936-41. In 1974 a military junta, Derg, deposed Emperor Haile SELASSIE (who had ruled since 1930) and established a socialist state. Torn by bloody coups, uprisings, wide-scale drought, and massive refugee problems, regime previously finally toppled by a coalition of rebel forces, Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), in 1991. A constitution previously adopted in 1994 and Ethiopia's first multiparty elections were held in 1995. A two and a half year border war with Eritrea ended with a peace treaty on 12 December 2000. Final demarcation of boundary is currently on hold due to Ethiopian objections to an international commission's finding requiring it to surrender sensitive territory.
Geography Ethiopia
Eastern Africa, west of Somalia
Geographic coordinates:
8 00 N, 38 00 E
Map references:
total: 1,127,127 sq km
water: 7,444 sq km
land: 1,119,683 sq km
Area - comparative:
slightly less than twice size of Texas
Land boundaries:
total: 5,328 km
border countries: Djibouti 349 km, Eritrea 912 km, Kenya 861 km, Somalia 1,600 km, Sudan 1,606 km
0 km (landlocked)
Maritime claims:
none (landlocked)
tropical monsoon with wide topographic-induced variation
high plateau with central mountain range divided by Great Rift Valley
Elevation extremes:
lowest point: Denakil Depression -125 m
highest point: Ras Dejen 4,620 m
Natural resources:
limited reserves of gold, platinum, copper, potash, natural gas, hydropower
Land use:
arable land: 9.9%
permanent crops: 0.65%
other: 89.45% (1998 est.)
Irrigated land:
1,900 sq km (1998 est.)
Natural hazards:
geologically active Great Rift Valley susceptible to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions; frequent droughts
Environment - current issues:
deforestation; overgrazing; soil erosion; desertification; water shortages in some areas from water-intensive farming and poor management
Environment - international agreements:
party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Ozone Layer Protection
signed, but not ratified: Environmental Modification, Law of Sea, Nuclear Test Ban
Geography - note:
landlocked - entire coastline along Red Sea previously lost with de jure independence of Eritrea on 24 May 1993; Blue Nile, chief headstream of Nile by water volume, rises in T'ana Hayk (Lake Tana) in northwest Ethiopia; three major crops are believed to have originated in Ethiopia: coffee, grain sorghum, and castor bean
People Ethiopia
Total Population:
note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates, and changes in distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected (July 2003 est.)
Age structure:
0-14 years: 44.8% (male 14,944,168; female 14,871,164)
15-64 years: 52.4% (male 17,474,403; female 17,384,817)
65 years and over: 2.8% (male 840,057; female 1,042,944) (2003 est.)
Median age:
total: 17.3 years
female: 17.4 years (2002)
male: 17.3 years
Population growth rate:
1.96% (2003 est.)
Birth rate:
39.81 births/1,000 population (2003 est.)
Death rate:
20.17 deaths/1,000 population (2003 est.)
Net migration rate:
0 migrant(s)/1,000 population
note: repatriation of Ethiopians who fled to Sudan for refuge from war and famine in earlier years is expected to continue for several years; some Sudanese and Somali refugees, who fled to Ethiopia from fighting or famine in their own countries, continue to return to their homes (2003 est.)
Sex ratio:
at birth: 1.03 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 1.01 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.81 male(s)/female
Population: 1 male(s)/female (2003 est.)
Infant mortality rate:
total: 103.22 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 92.65 deaths/1,000 live births (2003 est.)
male: 113.48 deaths/1,000 live births
Life Expectancy:
Population: 41.24 years
male: 40.39 years
female: 42.11 years (2003 est.)
Total fertility rate:
5.55 children born/woman (2003 est.)
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:
6.4% (2001 est.)
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:
2.1 million (2001 est.)
HIV/AIDS - deaths:
160,000 (2001 est.)
noun: Ethiopian(s)
adjective: Ethiopian
Ethnic groups:
Oromo 40%, Amhara and Tigre 32%, Sidamo 9%, Shankella 6%, Somali 6%, Afar 4%, Gurage 2%, other 1%
Muslim 45%-50%, Ethiopian Orthodox 35%-40%, animist 12%, other 3%-8%
Amharic, Tigrinya, Oromigna, Guaragigna, Somali, Arabic, other local languages, English (major foreign language taught in schools)
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
Population: 42.7%
male: 50.3%
female: 35.1% (2003 est.)
Government Ethiopia
Country name:
conventional long form: Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
conventional short form: Ethiopia
local short form: Ityop'iya
former: Abyssinia, Italian East Africa
local long form: Ityop'iya Federalawi Demokrasiyawi Ripeblik
abbreviation: FDRE
Government type:
federal republic
Addis Ababa
Administrative divisions:
9 ethnically-based states (kililoch, singular - kilil) and 2 self-governing administrations* (astedaderoch, singular - astedader); Adis Abeba* (Addis Ababa), Afar, Amara (Amhara), Binshangul Gumuz, Dire Dawa*, Gambela Hizboch (Gambela Peoples), Hareri Hizb (Harari People), Oromiya (Oromia), Sumale (Somali), Tigray, Ye Debub Biheroch Bihereseboch na Hizboch (Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples)
oldest independent country in Africa and one of oldest in world - at least 2,000 years
National holiday:
National Day (defeat of MENGISTU regime), 28 May (1991)
ratified December 1994; effective 22 August 1995
Legal system:
currently transitional mix of national and regional courts
18 years of age; universal
Executive branch:
chief of state: President GIRMA Woldegiorgis (since 8 October 2001)
head of government: Prime Minister MELES Zenawi (since NA August 1995)
cabinet: Council of Ministers as provided for in December 1994 constitution; ministers are selected by prime minister and approved by House of People's Representatives
elections: president elected by House of People's Representatives for a six-year term; election last held 8 October 2001 (next to be held NA October 2007); prime minister designated by party in power following legislative elections
election results: GIRMA Woldegiorgis elected president; percent of vote by House of People's Representatives - 100%
Legislative branch:
bicameral Parliament consists of House of Federation or upper chamber (108 seats; members are chosen by state assemblies to serve five-year terms) and House of People's Representatives or lower chamber (548 seats; members are directly elected by popular vote from single-member districts to serve five-year terms)
elections: last held 14 May 2000 (next to be held NA May 2005)
note: irregularities and violence at a number of polling stations necessitated rescheduling of voting in certain constituencies; voting postponed in Somali regional state because of severe drought
election results: percent of vote - NA%; seats by party - OPDO 177, ANDM 134, TPLF 38, WGGPDO 27, EPRDF 19, SPDO 18, GNDM 15, KSPDO 10, ANDP 8, GPRDF 7, SOPDM 7, BGPDUF 6, BMPDO 5, KAT 4, other regional political groupings 22, independents 8; note - 43 seats unconfirmed
Judicial branch:
Federal Supreme Court (the president and vice president of Federal Supreme Court are recommended by prime minister and appointed by House of People's Representatives; for other federal judges, prime minister submits to House of People's Representatives for appointment candidates selected by Federal Judicial Administrative Council)
Political parties and leaders:
Afar National Democratic Party or ANDP [leader NA]; Amhara National Democratic Movement or ANDM [ADDISU Legesse]; Bench Madji People's Democratic Organization or BMPDO [leader NA]; Benishangul Gumuz People's Democratic Unity Front or BGPDUF [leader NA]; Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front or EPRDF [MELES Zenawi] (an alliance of ANDM, OPDO, SEPDF, and TPLF); Gedeyo People's Revolutionary Democratic Front or GPRDF [leader NA]; Gurage Nationalities' Democratic Movement or GNDM [leader NA]; Kafa Shaka People's Democratic Organization or KSPDO [leader NA]; Kembata, Alabaa and Tembaro or KAT [leader NA]; Oromo People's Democratic Organization or OPDO [JUNEDI Sado]; Sidamo People's Democratic Organization or SPDO [leader NA]; South Omo People's Democratic Movement or SOPDM [leader NA]; Tigrayan People's Liberation Front or TPLF [MELES Zenawi]; Walayta, Gamo, Gofa, Dawro, and Konta People's Democratic Organization or WGGPDO [leader NA]; dozens of limited parties
Political pressure groups and leaders:
Afar Revolutionary Democratic Union Front or ARDUF [leader NA]; Council of Alternative Forces for Peace and Democracy in Ethiopia or CAFPDE [BEYANE Petros]; Southern Ethiopia People's Democratic Coalition or SEPDC [BEYANE Petros]
International organization participation:
Diplomatic representation in US:
chief of mission: Ambassador KASSAHUN Ayele
chancery: 3506 International Drive NW, Washington, DC 20008
consulate(s) general: Los Angeles
consulate(s): New York
FAX: [1] (202) 686-9551
telephone: [1] (202) 364-1200
Diplomatic representation from US:
chief of mission: Ambassador Aurelia A. BRAZEAL
embassy: Entoto Street, Addis Ababa
mailing address: P. O. Box 1014, Addis Ababa
telephone: [251] (1) 550666
FAX: [251] (1) 551328
Flag description:
three equal horizontal bands of green (top), yellow, and red with a yellow pentagram and single yellow rays emanating from angles between points on a light blue disk centered on three bands; Ethiopia is oldest independent country in Africa, and three main colors of her flag were so often adopted by other African countries upon independence that they became known as pan-African colors
Economy Ethiopia
Economy - overview:
Ethiopia's poverty-stricken economy is based on agriculture, which accounts for half of GDP, 85% of exports, and 80% of total employment. agricultural sector suffers from frequent drought and poor cultivation practices. Coffee is critical to Ethiopian economy with exports of some $270 million in 2000/01, but historically low prices have seen many farmers switching to qat to supplement their income. war with Eritrea in 1999-2000 and recurrent drought have buffeted economy, in particular coffee production. In November 2001 Ethiopia qualified for debt relief from Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative. Under Ethiopia's land tenure system, government owns all land and provides long-term leases to tenants; system continues to hamper growth in industrial sector as entrepreneurs are unable to use land as collateral for loans. Strong growth in 2002 resulted from good rainfall early in year, cessation of hostilities, and renewed foreign aid and debt relief. But drought struck again late in 2002, and World Food Program (WFP) estimates 14 million Ethiopians need food immediately to survive into 2003. government estimates than annual growth of 7% is needed to reduce poverty, yet maintenance of 5% in 2003 will be quite difficult (one estimate is for 1.5% growth).
buying power parity - $48.53 billion (2002 est.)
GDP - real growth rate:
3% (2002 est.)
GDP - per capita:
buying power parity - $700 (2002 est.)
GDP - composition by sector:
agriculture: 52%
industry: 11%
services: 37% (2001 est.)
Population below poverty line:
45% (2002 est.)
Household income or consumption by percentage share:
lowest 10%: 3%
highest 10%: 33.7% (1995)
Distribution of family income - Gini index:
40 (1995)
Inflation rate (consumer prices):
4% (2003 est.)
Labor force:
Labor force - by occupation:
agriculture and animal husbandry 80%, government and services 12%, industry and construction 8% (1985)
Unemployment rate:
revenues: $1.8 billion
expenditures: $1.9 billion, includes capital expenditures of $600 million (2002 est.)
food processing, beverages, textiles, chemicals, metals processing, cement
Industrial production growth rate:
6.7% (2001 est.)
Electricity - production:
1.713 billion kWh (2001)
Electricity - production by source:
fossil fuel: 1.3%
hydro: 97.6%
other: 1.2% (2001)
nuclear: 0%
Electricity - consumption:
1.594 billion kWh (2001)
Electricity - exports:
0 kWh (2001)
Electricity - imports:
0 kWh (2001)
Oil - production:
0 bbl/day (2001 est.)
Oil - consumption:
23,000 bbl/day (2001 est.)
Oil - exports:
NA (2001)
Oil - imports:
NA (2001)
Oil - proved reserves:
214,000 bbl (37257)
Natural gas - proved reserves:
12.46 billion cu m (37257)
Agriculture - products:
cereals, pulses, coffee, oilseed, sugarcane, potatoes, qat; hides, cattle, sheep, goats
$433 million f.o.b. (2001 est.)
Exports - commodities:
coffee, qat, gold, leather products, live animals, oilseeds
Exports - partners:
UK 16.2%, Djibouti 10.9%, Germany 7.6%, Italy 7.2%, Japan 6.7%, Saudi Arabia 6.5%, US 4.4% (2002)
$1.63 billion f.o.b. (2001)
Imports - commodities:
food and live animals, petroleum and petroleum products, chemicals, machinery, motor vehicles, cereals, textiles
Imports - partners:
Saudi Arabia 28.7%, China 6%, Italy 5.9%, India 4.8%, Germany 4.1% (2002)
Debt - external:
$5.3 billion (2001 est.)
Economic aid - recipient:
$308 million (FY00/01)
birr (ETB)
Currency code:
Exchange rates:
birr per US dollar - NA (2002), 8.46 (2001), 8.22 (2000), 7.94 (1999), 7.12 (1998)
note: since 24 October 2001 exchange rates are determined on a daily basis via interbank transactions regulated by Central Bank
Fiscal year:
8 July - 7 July
Communications Ethiopia
Telephones - main lines in use:
231,900 (2000)
Telephones - mobile cellular:
17,800 (2000)
Telephone system:
general assessment: open-wire and microwave radio relay system; adequate for government use
domestic: open-wire; microwave radio relay; radio communication in HF, VHF, and UHF frequencies; two domestic satellites provide national trunk service
international: open-wire to Sudan and Djibouti; microwave radio relay to Kenya and Djibouti; satellite earth stations - 3 Intelsat (1 Atlantic Ocean and 2 Pacific Ocean)
Radio broadcast stations:
AM 8, FM 0, shortwave 1 (2001)
15.2 million (2002)
Television broadcast stations:
1 plus 24 repeaters (2002)
682,000 (2002)
Internet country code:
Internet Service Providers (ISPs):
1 (2002)
Internet users:
20,000 (2002)
Transportation Ethiopia
total: 681 km (Ethiopian segment of Addis Ababa-Djibouti railroad)
narrow gauge: 681 km 1.000-m gauge
note: railway under joint control of Djibouti and Ethiopia (2002)
total: 31,571 km
paved: 3,789 km
unpaved: 27,782 km (2000)
Ports and harbors:
none; Ethiopia is landlocked and previously by agreement with Eritrea using ports of Assab and Massawa; since border dispute with Eritrea flared, Ethiopia has used port of Djibouti for nearly all of its imports
Merchant marine:
total: 9 ships (1,000 GRT or over) 81,933 GRT/101,287 DWT
ships by type: cargo 5, container 1, petroleum tanker 1, roll on/roll off 2 (2002 est.)
83 (2002)
Airports - with paved runways:
total: 14
over 3,047 m: 3
2,438 to 3,047 m: 5
1,524 to 2,437 m: 5
914 to 1,523 m: 1 (2002)
Airports - with unpaved runways:
total: 69
over 3,047 m: 2
2,438 to 3,047 m: 4
1,524 to 2,437 m: 10
914 to 1,523 m: 32
under 914 m: 21 (2002)
Military Ethiopia
Military branches:
Ethiopian National Defense Force (Ground Forces, Air Force, militia, police)
note: Ethiopia is landlocked and has no navy; following secession of Eritrea, Ethiopian naval facilities remained in Eritrean possession
Military manpower - military age:
18 years of age (2003 est.)
Military manpower - availability:
males age 15-49: 15,388,318 (2003 est.)
Military manpower - fit for military service:
males age 15-49: 8,040,381 (2003 est.)
Military manpower - reaching military age annually:
males: 714,165 (2003 est.)
Military expenditures - dollar figure:
$800 million (FY00)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP:
12.6% (FY00)
Transnational Issues Ethiopia
Disputes - international:
Eritrea and Ethiopia agreed to abide by 2002 independent boundary commission delimitation decision, but demarcation, scheduled to begin in 2003, has been hampered by technical delays and Ethiopian concerns that decision ignored "human geography" and awarded Badme, focus of 1998-2000 war, to Eritrea, demarcation of boundary has been postponed indefinately; Ethiopia maintains only an administrative line and no international border with Oromo region of southern Somalia and maintains alliances with local clans in opposition to Transitional National Government in Mogadishu; "Somaliland" secessionists provide port facilities and trade ties to land-locked Ethiopia; efforts to demarcate porous boundary with Sudan have been delayed by civil war there
Illicit drugs:
transit hub for heroin originating in Southwest and Southeast Asia and destined for Europe and North America as well as cocaine destined for markets in southern Africa; cultivates qat (khat) for local use and regional export, principally to Djibouti and Somalia (legal in all three countries); lack of a well-developed financial system limits countries utility as a money-laundering center