Regions of Ethiopia

Ethiopia is divided into 9 administrative regions based on ethnic origin. The local name of these regions is kilil. In addition to these regions, 2 privately managed city regions are counted as administrative regions. This administrative zone system was introduced in Ethiopia under the Ethiopian Transitional Government in 1992 and was formalized in 1995 when the current Ethiopian Constitution entered into force.

Regions of Ethiopia Map
Regions of Ethiopia Map

Eleven Regions of Ethiopia

Ethiopia is divided into 11 regions including 9 Regions and 2 Chartered Cities. These 9 regions are Afar Region, Amhara Region, Benishangul-Gumuz Region, Gambela Region, Harari Region, Oromia Region, Somalia Region, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region and Tigray Region. 2 Chartered Cities are Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa. Addis Ababa is also the capital of the country.

Afar Region

Afar Region Ethiopia

Afar is one of the 11 administrative regions of Ethiopia. Located in the north of the country, the administrative center of the region is the city of Semera. Its surface area is 96,707 square kilometers and according to 2017 data, it has a population of 3,812,002.

Amhara Region

Amhara Region Ethiopia

Amhara Region is one of the 11 administrative regions of Ethiopia. Located in the north of the country, the administrative center of the region is Bahir Dar. Its surface area is 156,960 square kilometers and according to 2017 data, it has a population of 21,134,988.

Benishangul-Gumuz Region

Benishangul-Gumuz Region

The Benishangul-Gumuz Region is one of the 11 administrative regions of Ethiopia. The administrative center of the region in the northwest of the country is the city of Asosa. Its surface area is 50,248 square kilometers and according to 2018 data, the population is 1,127,001.

Gambela Region

Gambela Region Ethiopia

The Gambela Region is one of the 11 administrative regions of Ethiopia. In the northern part of the country, the administrative center of the region is Gambela. Its surface area is 25,802 square kilometers and according to 2017 data, it has a population of 435,999.

Harari Region

Harari Region Ethiopia

Harari Region is one of the 11 administrative regions of Ethiopia. In the northern part of the country, the administrative center of the region is Harar. Its surface area is 374 square kilometers and according to 2017 data, the population is 246,000.

Oromia Region

Oromia Region Ethiopia

Oromia Region is one of the 11 administrative regions of Ethiopia. According to the law of the region covering the central and southern parts of the country, the administrative center is Addis Ababa, the implementation center is Adama city. Its surface area is 353,632 square kilometers and according to 2017 data, it has a population of 35,000,000. The region of Oromia has the highest surface area in Ethiopia.

Somali Region

Somali Region Ethiopia

The Somali Region is one of the 11 administrative regions of Ethiopia. Jijiga is the administrative center of the region, which runs along the Somali border to the east of the country. Its surface area is 279,252 square kilometers and according to 2017 data, it has a population of 8,500,000. It is the second largest area after the Oromia Region in the administrative regions of Ethiopia.

Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region

Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region Ethiopia

Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region is one of the 11 administrative regions of Ethiopia. Located in the south of the country, the administrative center of the region is the city of Hawassa. The land area is 112,343 square kilometers and according to 2017 data, the population is 19,170,007.

Tigray Region

Tigray Region Ethiopia

The Tigray Region is one of the 11 administrative regions of Ethiopia. The administrative center of the region in the north of the country is the town of Mek’ele. Its surface area is 50.078 square kilometers and according to 2017 data, the population is 5,247,005.

Addis Ababa (Chartered City)

Addis Ababa Ethiopia

Addis Ababa is the capital of Ethiopia and the African Union. In the city where 80 different languages are spoken, there are Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities. The city had a status of the chartered city in 1886 and has a surface area of 527 square kilometers and a population of 3,384,569. Addis Ababa or Addis Abeba is the capital of Ethiopia and the African Union. In the city where 80 different languages are spoken, there are Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities.

In addition to the wide streets and modern high-rise buildings, the city has traditional huts and shanty neighborhoods and has a soft climate. Addis Ababa University, music and performing arts colleges and many research institutes make the city an important training center. Since it is the center of the African Union and the United Nations African Economic Council, it hosts many international conferences.

Dire Dawa (Chartered City)

Dire Dawa

In 2004 Dire Dawa became a chartered city and is one of the 11 administrative regions of Ethiopia. Dire Dawa’s surface area is 1,213 square kilometers and the population is 440,000.

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