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Somalia

Named for the distinctive Somali people, who comprise 95% of its population, this is the second largest of Ethiopia's regions, covering an area of 250,000 square km along the Somali border. Much of the region is desert or semi-desert, its vast area, the total population is around 5.3 million. The capital is Jijiga, east of Harar. Almost 99% of the population is Muslim, and most of are pastoralists. The important Wabe Shebelle River runs through the region.

Somalia Region Major Cities and Population

No. City Name 2007 Population 2013 Population Est.
1 Jijiga 125,876 169,390
2 Gode 43,234 58,127
3 Dolo 26,232 50,294
4 Degeh Bur (Degehabur) 30,027 40,386
5 Kebri Dehar (Kebri Dahar) 29,241 39,315
6 Derwernache (Derwonaji) 11,421 22,225
7 Hartisheik (HartiShek) 14,012 21,000
8 Tog Wajale (Togochale) 14,438 21,000
9 Awubere (Awuberre) 10,813 16,000
10 Imi 15,329
11 Gewana (Gewane) 11,032 13,000
12 Werder (Warder) 18,357 12,386

Regional States and Chartered Cities of Ethiopia

No. Region Capital City Status Area (Sq. Kilometers) Population 2007 Population 2013 Est.
1 Addis Ababa Addis Ababa City 527 2,739,551 3,104,000
2 Afar Asayita State 72,053 1,390,273 1,650,000
3 Amhara Bahir Dar State 154,709 17,221,976 19,212,000
4 Benishangul-Gumuz Asosa State 50,699 784,345 1,028,000
5 Dire Dawa Dire Dawa City 1,559 341,834 395,000
6 Gambela Gambela State 29,783 307,096 406,000
7 Harari Harar State 334 183,415 215,000
8 Oromia Addis Ababa State 284,538 26,993,933 32,220,000
9 Somali Jijiga State 279,252 4,445,219 5,318,000
10 Tigray Mekele State 84,722 4,316,988 5,062,000
11 Southern Nations Nationalities and People (SNNPR) Awasa State 105,476 14,929,548 17,887,000



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