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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 Awassa lake, and much of the region lies in the relatively low-lying Rift Valley and Kenyan border area. The most important crop is coffee. 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 2013 Population 2017 Population Est.
1 Wolayta Sodo (Sodo) 109,200 161,450
2 Arba Minch 107,500 159,019
3 Hosaena (Hosaina ) 100,500 148,847
4 Dilla (Dila) 85,000 125,599
5 Butajira 48,000 71,045
6 Areka 45,100 66,815
7 Welkite 41,500 61,309
8 Alaba Kulito (Kolito) 38,600 57,076
9 Durame 35,100 52,084
10 Boditi 34,700 51,324
11 Hadero 25,600 50,080
12 Sawla (Felege Neway) 32,600 48,277
13 Wendo (Aleta Wendo) 31,700 46,905
14 Jinka 29,100 43,000
15 Shinshicho 20,500 33,714
16 Shone 22,400 33,174
17 Yirga Chefe 21,700 32,134
18 Chencha 10,488 28,325
19 Gidole 18,900 28,070
20 Leku 17,000 26,000
21 Konso 4,593 19,982
22 Hagere Selam 8,491 13,595

Regional States and Chartered Cities of Ethiopia

No. Region Capital City Status Area (Sq. Kilometers) Population 2017 Est.
1 Addis Ababa Addis Ababa City 527 3,434,000
2 Afar Asayita State 72,053 1,812,002
3 Amhara Bahir Dar State 154,709 21,134,988
4 Benishangul-Gumuz Asosa State 50,699 1,066,001
5 Dire Dawa Dire Dawa City 1,559 466,000
6 Gambela Gambela State 29,783 435,999
7 Harari Harar State 334 246,000
8 Oromia Addis Ababa State 284,538 35,467,001
9 Somali Jijiga State 279,252 5,748,998
10 Tigray Mekele State 84,722 5,247,005
11 Southern Nations Nationalities and People (SNNPR) Awasa State 54,400 9,126,000
12 Sidama Awasa State 12,000 3,200,000
13 South West Ethiopia People Region (SWEPR) Bonga State 39,400 2,300,000



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