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Addis Ababa

Full nameAddis Ababa
Official nameAddis Ababa
Native nameአዲስ አበባ
Native name langam
Chartered CityAddis Ababa
MayorKuma Demeksa
Total Area204.6 sq mi (530.14 km2)
Land Area204.6 sq mi (530.14 km2)
Elevation7726 ft (2354.9 m)
Total Population3384569 (2008)
Density (pop.)5165.1/km2 (13377.6/sq mi)
Urban (pop.)3384569
Metro (pop.)4567857
Other information
Time zoneEast Africa Time (UTC+3)

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Addis Ababa (sometimes spelled Addis Abeba, the spelling used by the official Ethiopian Mapping Authority) is the capital city of Ethiopia. (In Ethiopian languages: Amharic, Addis Abäba -amadːiːs aβəβa "new flower"; Oromo, Finfinne ; Ge'ez ኣዲስ ኣበባ) It is the largest city in Ethiopia, with a population of 3,384,569 according to the 2007 population census.

As a chartered city (ras gez astedader), Addis Ababa has the status of both a city and a state. It is where the African Union and its predecessor the OAU are based. Addis Ababa is therefore often referred to as "the political capital of Africa", due to its historical, diplomatic and political significance for the continent. The city is populated by people from different regions of Ethiopia the country has as many as 80 nationalities speaking 80 languages and belonging to a wide variety of religious communities. It is home to Addis Ababa University. The Federation of African Societies of Chemistry (FASC) and Horn of Africa Press Institute (HAPI) are also headquartered in Addis Ababa.

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