Ethnic Communities


Ethiopia Unique among African countries, the ancient Ethiopian monarchy, which borders Eritrea to the North East, Somalia to the East and South East, Kenya to the South and Sudan to the West and North West, maintained its freedom from colonial rule with the exception of the 1936-41 Italian occupation during World War II. 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 in 1991 by a coalition of rebel forces, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). A constitution was adopted in 1994, and Ethiopia's first multiparty elections were held in 1995. A border war with Eritrea late in the 1990s ended with a peace treaty in December 2000. The Eritrea-Ethiopia Border Commission in November 2007 remotely demarcated the border by geographical coordinates, but final demarcation of the boundary on the ground is currently on hold because of Ethiopian objections to an international commission's finding requiring it to surrender territory considered sensitive to Ethiopia

Quick Facts

Area: 1,127,127 sq km

Climate: tropical monsoon with wide topographic-induced variation

Terrain: high plateau with central mountain range divided by Great Rift Valley

Population: 76,511,887

Religion: Christian 60.8% (Orthodox 50.6%, Protestant 10.2%), Muslim 32.8%, traditional 4.6%, other 1.8% (1994 census)

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

Community Name

The Ethiopian Community of Tasmania Inc

Size of Community in Tasmania

Approximately 450.

Local Community Contact Details

C/.- Hirut Woldemichael


Donation to the International Wall of Friendship

 Ethiopia plaque

The Ethipian stone is made from black polished granite, it features a gold leaf inscription in Ethiopian language in the upper half, the Ethiopian flag in the centre and a translation of the inscription to English in the lower part. The stone was presented to the chairman of the International Wall of Friendship at a community celebration on December 3rd 2006 by the president of the Ethiopian community ass. Tasmania Inc. The stone was inserted in the wall at the fifteenth anniversary celebration in November 2007. The Ethiopian Community also donated a National flag to the International Wall of Friendship Development Committee


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