The history of Ethiopia. Ethiopia documentary. World Of Knowledge

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Ethiopia’s population is highly diverse with different languages and ethnic groups.

Most of its people speak an Ethiosemitic or Cushitic language which are both part of the Afroasiatic language family, while others speak Nilo-Saharan languages.

The Oromo, Amhara, Somali and Tigrayans make up more than three-quarters of the population, but there are more than 80 different ethnic groups within Ethiopia.

Some of these have as few as 10,000 members.

English is the most widely spoken foreign language and is taught in all secondary schools.

Amharic was the language of primary school instruction but has been replaced in many areas by local languages such as Oromo, Somali and Tigrinya.

Widely-spoken foreign languages include Arabic , English , and Italian .

According to the CIA Factbook the religious demography of Ethiopia is as follows; Ethiopian Orthodox 43.8%, Muslim 31.3%, Protestant 22.8%, Catholic 0.7%, traditional 0.6%, and other 0.8%.

The largest diaspora community is found in the United States.

Census Bureau, 250,000 Ethiopian immigrants lived in the United States as of 2008.

An additional 30,000 U.S.-born citizens reported Ethiopian ancestry.

There are also large number of Ethiopian emigrants in Saudi Arabia, Italy, Lebanon, United Kingdom, Canada, Sweden and Australia.

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