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Learn more about Ethiopia.
Flag of Ethiopia Ethiopia
Population: 67,851,281 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: Addis Ababa
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An Introduction to Ethiopia
Unique among African countries, the ancient Ethiopian monarchy maintained its freedom from colonial rule, one exception being the Italian occupation of 1936-41. In 1974 a military junta, the 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, the regime was finally toppled by a coalition of rebel forces, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), in 1991. A constitution was 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 the boundary is currently on hold due to Ethiopian objections to an international commission's finding requiring it to surrender sensitive territory.

Ethiopia map

Map of Ethiopia ( Location ) : 8 00 N, 38 00 E, Eastern Africa, west of Somalia. For additional reports and educational information specific to Ethiopia, refer to the Country Info menubar to the upper right.

About the Flag The Ethiopian Flag
Three equal horizontal bands of green (top), yellow, and red with a yellow pentagram and single yellow rays emanating from the angles between the points on a light blue disk centered on the three bands; Ethiopia is the oldest independent country in Africa, and the three main colors of her flag were so often adopted by other African countries upon independence that they became known as the pan-African colors.

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Facts
Some interesting facts and figures about Ethiopia.

Pop Growth Rate / Year:
    • 1.89%

Avg. Life Expectancy:
    • 40.03 yrs - Male
    • 41.75 yrs - Female

Phone Lines:
    • 435,000 (2003)

Televisions:
    • 320,000 (1997)

Radios:
    • 11,750,000 (1997)

Internet Code:
    • .et

Did you know ... People from Ethiopia are called Ethiopians
 

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Data Source: Central Intelligence Agency 2004 World Factbook