Travel destinations in Ethiopia! Here you will find information and inspiration about Ethiopia as a travel destination. Do you like adventurous travel, cultural encounters and exotic animals? Here are some tips for travelling to Ethiopia!

Why travel to Ethiopia?

Ethiopia, or formally the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, is a country in East Africa. It is bordered by Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan. Ethiopia is Africa's second most populous country after Nigeria and, together with Liberia, are the only two countries in Africa that have never been colonised.

Visitors to the country have the opportunity to meet people and experience the country's culture, which can be done with local guides. Ethiopia is also known for its coffee production. Check the security situation and any current travel advisories on Sweden Abroad before planning a trip.

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Info and facts about Ethiopia

  • Capital city: Addis Ababa
  • Residents: Approximately 101 853 000 (2015)
  • Currency: Birr (ETB)
  • National Day: 28 May
  • Language: Amharic is the official language. Afar, Oromo, Somali and Tigrinya are official languages in individual states.
  • Religion: Christians 62.8 %, Muslims 33.9 %, animists 2.6 %
  • Flag: The flag is divided horizontally into three bands, in green, yellow and red. In the centre is a blue circular ring with a yellow pentagram.
  • National anthem: Whedefit Gesgeshi Woude Henate Ethiopia

Highest, longest and biggest

  • Highest point: Ras Dashen in Simien National Park (4 500 metres above sea level).
  • Longest river: The Abbay (Blue Nile) 
  • Second largest city: Dire Dawa
  • Biggest lake: Lake Tana
  • Highest building: Commercial Bank of Ethiopia Headquarters (209 metres)

Good to know about Ethiopia

  • Emergency number: 911 (Police 991, ambulance 907, fire brigade 939, traffic police 945)
  • Time difference: Ethiopia is 1 hour ahead of Sweden
  • El: Adapters may sometimes be needed to use Swedish plugs.
  • Visa: For Swedish citizens, a visa is required to enter Ethiopia. This is most easily applied for online, in the form of an e-visa.
  • Security mode: Always check the current security situation on Sweden Abroad or the UD Resklar app.

Travelling to Ethiopia

  • Flight: You can fly from Stockholm to Addis Adeba, for example with Ethiopian Airlines. Some tour operators offer guided tours.

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