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Ethiopia population soars to near 77 million: census

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12/04/08

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Ethiopia population soars to near 77 million: census

Ethiopians crowd a rural road AFP

Ethiopia population soars to near 77 million: census

ADDIS ABABA (AFP
) — Ethiopia's population has risen by a staggering 23.4 million people over the past 14 years, to its current 76.9 million, according to a census approved by parliament Thursday.

The census dates from May 2007 and includes a projected annual growth rate of 2.6 million people, after delays in the verification process.

"We carried out a census in May 2007 and it shows that there were 73,918,505 people at that time," Central Statistics Agency chief Samya Zakarya told AFP.

"But based on a projection of an annual growth rate of 2.6 percent, Ethiopia's population up to this month is 76,947,760."

UN estimations of Ethiopia's population are higher, at more than 81 million.

Ethiopia's population stood at 53.4 million when the last census was conducted in 1994.

The new census shows the capital, Addis Ababa, with a population of 2.7 million.

Nearly 62 million people, or 83.8 percent, live in rural areas, with the central Oromiya and Amhara regions growing by 3.2 million and 2.4 million respectively.

Muslims increased by 1.1 percent in the traditionally Christian-dominated nation to number more than 25 million, up from 17.4 million 14 years ago.

The Christian population rose to more than 46 million, or 62 percent of the population, up from 32.7 million in 1994.

The census highlights a decrease in the number of Orthodox Christians, traditionally the dominant church in Ethiopia. They now comprise 43.5 percent of the population, as against just over 50 percent in 1994.

The erosion is mainly due to the rising influence of Pentecostal churches in the country. Membership of Protestant churches as a whole has increased from 5.4 million to 13.7 million.

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Comment from: Caleb [Visitor]
Caleb

BE MACHINE NEW YEMIFELEFELEW:no:

12/04/08 @ 22:48
Comment from: Taye [Visitor]
Taye

Did anyone know the population of Tigray ?

12/04/08 @ 22:55
Comment from: Mekelle [Visitor]
Mekelle

Ethiopia is the second largest country population wise in sub sahare Africa, and the largest in East Africa in all aspect, population, military, economy, and of course we have Meles Znawi, the envy of Africa. God bless Ethiopia.

12/04/08 @ 22:57
Comment from: Thomas H [Visitor]
Thomas H

Hi All,
I hope all kinjit and Derg officials and supporters are not included in the census and the population number doesn`t include them.In other words, they are not Ethiopians and they should be treated like refugees.

12/04/08 @ 23:02
Comment from: belew [Visitor]
belew

adame yemeibelaw yelew zemebelo endeayet yefelefelal:crazy: kedetu wedematu ale yagersew

12/04/08 @ 23:05
Comment from: Yeha [Visitor]
Yeha

I think the government must have teach to the population how to control themselves by not producing lots of babies. The population have reached 77 million? and according to the statement,staggering 23.4 wthin 14 years, too much.

Anyways, God bless us all.

Taye,
“Did anyone know the population of Tigray” ?
Tigrayen population is now reached 12 million. So we ready to control and occupied the entire African nations. Is that answered your question anchi Taye?.. Yeha

12/04/08 @ 23:25
Comment from: Koko [Visitor]
Koko

The manufactured statistical figures by the Dedebit Mafia economists are not based on the scientific method but rather political considerations. The step increase in size of the population is understandable, but the drastic increase in the Christian population is very hard to sallow.

After all, these are the same economists that six month ago told us that Ethiopian economy was on cloud nine and on auto pilot with an annual growth of 12%. Little did we know that, all the data they were churning everyday were not based on facts but the figment of their imagination.

12/04/08 @ 23:53
Comment from: Jemal [Visitor]
Jemal

Tell me who was doing the counting?
That is right, add the Wolaytas, Gambelas, borenas,sidama, Gemu and the rest of indigenous population as Christians then you come up with that 60%. If this census was done in a free and democratic country,The real number would have come out!
forget about majority or minority,but one thing is true even the Orthodox Christian dominated government adminting that the moslim population is increasing while the Orothodox Christians are decreasing!!!!!!!

12/04/08 @ 23:57
Comment from: straight shooter [Visitor]
straight shooter

The census is a useless statistic unless the Government is bent on implementing certain projects with 77 million people in mind. Mere development without tangible plans is just an empty public stunt.

The fact that Christians are still the majority is very encouraging news given the decades of abuse by the two Governments of Mengistu and Meles who neglected and abused the Church. Moreover, the Saudis, who spent in upwards of tens of millions of dollar by building Mosques (130 Mosques in Addis Ababa alone in the last ten years), and distribution of Qurans ( 150 thousands yearly especially in Oromo areas) , have been unable to reverse fortune despite the most opportune of times.
TPLFs plan to resettle about two million Tigrean farmers in Oromo and Amhara Killels by giving them two fertile hectars each is both illegal and wrong. Wuhabi slamists apt encroachment by violently dislodging the Jacobite tribes of their inheritance would lead to the most devastating future war in Ethiopia. Make no mistake about it: Ethiopia is first and foremost based on the tweleve to fourteen Jacobite tribes….

Let us not use the 77 million latest figure to swindle the international Aid groups for more money as the trimuative Nagerian tribes would do by inflating the respective tribal numbers in order to obtain more petro dollars from the central government.

12/05/08 @ 00:14
Comment from: BS [Visitor]
BS

If we keep growing like this by year 2020 we are getting half way to China population. :no:

12/05/08 @ 00:18
Comment from: SO EXCITED OVER THE NEWS [Visitor]
SO EXCITED OVER THE NEWS

koko calabe and belew…..don’t hate shabias….we r the most powerful militarley, economically politically socially and population wide in that region and entire contient !!

ETHIOPIA agre yene memekeyaye !!

Enkwan des alesh for having more sons and daugthers in your ekfeeee !!

ETHIOPIA all day everyday

12/05/08 @ 00:25
Comment from: DEMO [Visitor]
DEMO

Zenawi and his so called economic advisors by forcing the statistical office to cook (መቀቀ&#4621&#59;) FIGURES has been cheating economic and demographic data. This is only to get a good image in the eyes of donor coutries. The reality is being faced by the oppressed Ethiopian people- high poverty and unemployment.

Addis Ababa Population> 4 mil.
Total Population>80 mil.

Let alone the experts, these are the simple facts that everybody observes.

We know your intention Zenawi, you are trying to twist the per capita income by lowering the population number. The lower the population, the higher the per capita income keeping everything constant.

Mind you Zenawi and his stupid advisors, you can cheat the donors, but the reality is being revealed in living conditions of Ethiopia.

HAD I GOT A CHANCE AS A JURY, I WOULD HAVE LED TO JAIL ZENAWI AND HIS DATA COOK. THSES ARE PLAYING MISERABLE GAMES ON THE ETHIOPAN PEOPLE!!!

12/05/08 @ 00:29
Comment from: tilahun [Visitor]
tilahun

WE NEED MORE TERRITORIES FOR OUR GROWING NATION, LETS SPREAD ETHIOPIAN CULTURE AND LANGUAGE, AMHARIC, OROMMIFA, etc. SOMOLIA IS LESS POPULATED WITH THEIR PEOPLE MOVING IN TO ETHIO. HMMM I AM THINKING SOMALIA, AFTER WE UNITE BACK OUR LAND ERTRIA

12/05/08 @ 00:45
Comment from: elcad [Visitor]
elcad

The bad formula is

(Uncontrolled population growth + In sufficient resources) * bad governance (TPLF) = Catastrophe

That is the sad scenario.

12/05/08 @ 00:50
Comment from: Dedebit00 [Visitor]
Dedebit00

The fake census was done in May 2007 but it does not need a genius to figure out why it took this long for the dedebit mafia to annouce the final numbers!!!! text book example on how to cook the books. well be prepared for our next fake elections -if there is any- it will take hmm let say another five years to get the final results if it the outcome is not the way the minority mafia expected to be.

12/05/08 @ 00:59

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