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Population: 96,633,458 (2014), 93,877,025 (2013)
Land Area: 1,127,127 sq km
Natural Resources: Gold, platinum, copper, potash, natural gas, hydropower
Capital: Addis Ababa
Political System: Federal Republic
State Leader: Mulatu Teshome Wirtu (October 7th 2013)
Head of Government: Hailemariam Desalegn (September 21st 2012)
Languages: Amarigna, Oromigna, Tigrigna, Somaligna, Guaragigna, Sidamigna, Hadiyigna, English
Currency: Birr (ETB)
Major Religions: Christian 60.8%, Muslim 32.8%, Traditional 4.6%, Other 1.8%
Major Ethnicities: Oromo 32.1%, Amara 30.1%, Tigraway 6.2%, Somalie 5.9%, Guragie 4.3%, Sidama 3.5%, Welaita 2.4%, Other 15.4%
Life Expectancy: 60 years (2014), 60 years (2013)


GDP Official Exchange Rate: 47.34 billion (2013), 41.91 billion (2012)
GDP Purchasing Power Parity: 117.2 billion (2013), 105 billion (2012)
GDP Per Capita (PPP): 1,300 (2014), 1,200 (2012)
GDP Growth Rate: 7% (2013), 7% (2012)
GDP Structure: Agriculture 47%, Industry 10.8%, Services 42.2% (2013)
Labour Force By Occupation: Agriculture 85%, Industry 5%, Services 10% (2009)
Industries: Food processing, beverages, textiles, leather, chemicals, metals processing, cement
Agriculture Products: Cereals, pulses, coffee, oilseed, cotton, sugarcane, potatoes, qat, cut flowers; hides, cattle, sheep, goats; fish
Human Development Index: 0.435 (173rd)(2014), 0.396 (173rd)(2013)
Tourism Revenue: 457 million (2004)
Unemployment Rate: 17.5% (2012)

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Army Size: 182 500 (2004)
Budget: 3% of GDP (2006)

Current Situation


Ethiopia is located in the Horn of Africa. Ethiopia is bordered by Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia and Sudan. Ethiopia is experiencing tension with its northern neighbour Eritrea, following a war between the two countries, which hasn't been completely settled. Ethiopia is also involved in the conflict in Somalia. Despite this Ethiopia's economy has been growing rapidly, however it remains very weak and the GDP per capita very low.

(2014) Ethiopia's economy continues its strong economic growth, even though it is a bit slower than in recent years.

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CIA World Factbook: Ethiopia
The Economist: The World In 2014
Wikipedia: Ethiopia

Updated on: August 30th, 2014