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Interesting facts you need to know about Ethiopia.

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Ethiopia is an ancient country whose unique cultural heritage, rich history and remarkable biodiversity attract many tourists and make it one of the most beautiful countries in Africa. The country with diverse culture, traditions, languages, landscapes, volcanoes, highlands and rich history and historical sites, unique calendar and time and much more fascinating uniqueness.

There is much to see in Ethiopia and Ethiopia is known as the land of origins. Ethiopia is an East African nation bordered by Eritrea and Djibouti to the north, Somalia to the east, Kenya to the south, South Sudan to the west, and Sudan to the northwest.

 Ethiopia is the second most populous nation in Africa after Nigeria and the 12th most populous nation in the world. The capital Addis Ababa is one of the most important cities in Africa and is also considered the political capital of Africa due to the presence of many African organizations in the city. As a multicultural society, Ethiopia is home to over 80 ethnic groups with diverse cultures, traditions and of course a rich history.

There are many interesting facts about Ethiopia and in this article we will look at the 8 most interesting facts about Ethiopia.

Number one:  Ethiopia is the only country that defeated colonialism.

Ethiopia is the only country in Africa that successful defeated colonialists during the scramble for Africa in the 19th century. And it is one of the only two countries in Africa, the other being Liberia that were never colonized. Ethiopia has never been colonized by a European country throughout its history, as it successfully defeated all the invading forces.

Number two: country flags

Many African countries adopted flags with the same colors as Ethiopia’s green, red, and yellow because Ethiopia was the first African country to militarily defeat a European power. The trio color has been adopted by many as a symbol of freedom and independence and the independence movement

Number three: have its own colander and timer

According to Ethiopians, the sun determines the time and they argued that the clock should start when the day does. Sunrise marks the beginning of the day and sunset marks the end of the day.

Number four: coffee

Coffee was first discovered by an Ethiopian goatherd named Callie in the Kaffa region of Ethiopia. Ethiopia is the original home of the coffee plant (Arabica). Kaffa, the province in the southwestern highlands where they first flourished, gave coffee its name. The formal cultivation and use of coffee as a beverage began in the early 9th century. This coffee tends to be of much higher quality and more complex flavors than coffees from lower elevations.

Number five: source of the Blue Nile

Ethiopia is the source of the Blue Nile, which contributes around 85% of the water to the world’s longest river, the Nile, during the rainy season. Ethiopia is also known as the water tower of Africa as 12 major rivers flow from the high rainfall areas of the mountains

Number six: have their own original and ancient written alphabet

 Ethiopia is the only country in Africa with its own original and ancient written alphabet and script that are still in full use. In fact, it uses an abugida, also known as an alpha syllabary, composed of 209 symbols and 25 letter variants

Number seven:  Sport

Ethiopian long-distance runner Abebe Bkila becomes the first black African to win a gold medal at the 1960 Olympics. And he ran the marathon barefoot. Four years later, he won the race again in Tokyo, becoming the first person to win the race twice and set a world record. Ethiopian Dirajrtu Tulou is Africa’s first black Olympic champion in the 10,000m final at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics

Number 8:  land of origins

Ethiopia is known as the country of origin, where many important archaeological and paleontological milestones have been uncovered. The earliest human ancestors were discovered in the Afar Depression of northeastern Ethiopia, with Lucy (Australopithecus afarensis) being the most famous of all.


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