As I will be travelling to Ethiopia next week, I thought I’d share a few facts about the country I’ll be visiting!
- Addis Ababa, which means ‘New Flower’ is the highest capital city in Africa at 2,400 metres and the third highest in the world.
- Over 80 languages are spoken in Ethiopia. The most widely spoken languages are Oromo and Amharic.
- Ethiopia fought against the Scramble for Africa and is one of the few countries that has never been colonized.
- Coffee was discovered here. A shepherd discovered this famous beverage when his goats ate the leaves and became restless. It is considered impolite to refuse a cup of coffee.
- About 70% of the mountains of Africa are in Ethiopia
- The Ethiopian calendar has 13 months in it and it is 7,5 years behind the Gregorian Calendar…anyone for shedding a few years off?
- Ethiopians measure time from when the sun rises and count time on the opposite side of the clock. When the sun rises at 6 o’clock, it is said to be 12 o’clock.
- The source of the Blue Nile begins in Ethiopia, which together with the White Nile makes up the Nile River.
- Ethiopia is among the oldest countries on the planet, having been established in 980 B.C.
- Ethiopians celebrate their new year on September 11. It is called Enkutatash.