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Dessie

Administration
Full nameDessie
Official nameDessie
Native nameደሥዬ
CountryEthiopia
RegionAmhara Region
ZoneDebub Wollo Zone
Geography
Elevation8103.7 ft (2470 m)
Demography
Total Population169,104 (est) (2005)
Other information
Time zoneEAT (UTC+3)
Area code33

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Dessie (also spelled Dese or Dessye) is a city and a woreda in north-central Ethiopia. Located on the Addis Ababa - Asmara highway in the Debub Wollo Zone of the Amhara Region, this city has a latitude and longitude of with an elevation between 2470 and 2550 meters above sea level.

Dessie has postal service (a post office was established in the 1920s), and telephone service from at least as early as 1954. The city has had electrical power since at least 1963 when a new diesel-powered electric power station with a power line to Kombolcha was completed, at a cost of Eth$ 110,000. Intercity bus service is provided by the Selam Bus Line Share Company. Dessie shares Combolcha Airport (ICAO code HADC, IATA DSE) with neighbouring Kombolcha.

Dessie is home to a museum, in the former home of Dejazmach Yoseph Biru. It also has a zawiya of the Qadiriyya order of Islam, which was the first Sufi order to be introduced into north-east Africa.


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