Ethiopia is located in the horn of Africa on the East coast and is a landlocked country split by the Great Rift Valley. With archaeological finds dating back to more than 3 million years, it’s a place of very ancient culture. Among its important sites are Lalibela with it’s rock cut Christian churches from the 12th-13th centuries. Not only this but the Axum is the ruins of an ancient city with tombs, castles and Our Lady Mary of Zion Church. With the diversity stretching from Gondar to Addis Ababa the capital - the highest city in Africa above sea level - holding famous fossils and a great market, Ethiopia has seen both opportunity and downfall.
Top Facts about Ethiopia:
1. Ethiopia was first founded in 980 BC making it Africa’s oldest independent country.
2. Ethiopia is the second most populous country in Africa - behind Nigeria, Ethiopia is home to over 106 million people and is increasing by 10% each year.
3. Ethiopia is home to Laka Tana which feeds the Blue Nile, one of the two major tributaries of the River Nile which is the longest river in the world.