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Cool Facts about Ethiopia You Will Love

Ethiopia, a country located in the Horn of Africa, is a land of remarkable diversity and ancient traditions. From its breathtaking landscapes to its historical significance, Ethiopia has captivated the world with its unique charm.

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Let's delve into the fascinating world of Ethiopia and explore some cool facts that make this country truly extraordinary.

Oldest independent nation in Africa

Originally founded in 980 BC, Ethiopia is the oldest independent nation on the continent. Ethiopia is the only African country that has never been colonized by a European power. Although they were partly occupied by Italy for 5 years in the 1930s. Additionally, Ethiopia has remnants of some of the most ancient human beings on earth dating back millions of years making it one of the most important archaeological areas in the world.

The Birthplace of Coffee

Ethiopia is widely regarded as the birthplace of coffee. Legend has it that a goat herder named Kaldi discovered the energizing effects of coffee beans when he noticed his goats becoming lively after consuming them. Ethiopian coffee, known for its rich aroma and distinct flavor, is also celebrated worldwide.

Home to the hottest and lowest place on the continent

The Danakil Depression is a unique geological feature located in Ethiopia. It is known for its extreme heat and is also one of the lowest places on the planet at 100 metres (330 ft) below sea level. The Danakil Depression is home to many unusual features, including salt lakes, lava lakes, volcanoes, and colorful acidic springs. It is considered one of the most unusual and alien environments on Earth. Despite its extreme conditions, the Danakil Depression is also home to several unique species of plants and animals that have adapted to the harsh environment.

Unique Calendar

Ethiopia follows its own calendar system called the Ethiopian calendar. It consists of 13 months, with 12 months of 30 days each and a 13th month of 5 or 6 days, depending on whether it's a leap year.

Exquisite Cuisine

Ethiopian cuisine is renowned for its distinct flavors and communal dining style. Injera, a spongy sourdough flatbread, is a staple food, and dishes like Doro Wat (spicy chicken stew) and Kitfo (minced raw meat) are popular traditional delicacies.

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