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Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples' Region (SNNPR)

Although it smells like the handiwork of an uninspired committee, the name of this 112,323 square km region does provide an accurate reflection of its incredible cultural diversity. The regional population of roughly 17.9 million represents some 45 different ethino-lingustic groups, of which none comprises 20% of the regional population, and only the Sidamo, Gurage and Walaita make up more than 10% each. The regional capital is the modern city of Awassa, set on the shore of the eponymous lake, and much of the region lies in the relatively low-lying Rift Valley and Kenyan border area. The most important crop is coftee. Aside from the Rift Valley lakes, the most popular tourist attraction is the remote cultural tribes of South Omo zone.

Southern Nations Nationalities and People (SNNPR) Region Major Cities and Population

No. City Name 2007 Population 2013 Population Est.
1 Awasa (Hawassa) 157,139 335,508
2 Wolayta Sodo (Sodo) 76,050 161,450
3 Arba Minch 74,879 159,019
4 Hosaena (Hosaina ) 69,995 148,847
5 Dilla (Dila) 59,150 125,599
6 Mizan Teferi (Mizan ) 23,144 72,324
7 Butajira 33,406 71,045
8 Areka 31,408 66,815
9 Yirga Alem 30,348 64,507
10 Welkite 28,866 61,309
11 Alaba Kulito (Kolito) 26,867 57,076
12 Teppi (Tepi) 24,829 52,719
13 Durame 24,472 52,084
14 Boditi 24,133 51,324
15 Hadero 17,831 50,080
16 Wondo Genet 49,053
17 Sawla (Felege Neway) 22,704 48,277
18 Wendo (Aleta Wendo) 22,093 46,905
19 Bonga 20,858 44,329
20 Jinka 20,267 43,000
21 Chuko 18,467 40,000
22 Shinshicho 14,285 33,714
23 Shone 15,616 33,174
24 Yirga Chefe 15,118 32,134
25 Chencha 10,488 28,325
26 Gidole 13,184 28,070
27 Leku 11,831 26,000
28 Konso 4,593 19,982
29 Hagere Selam 8,491 13,595

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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