Are you moving to Addis Ababa with your family? You are like many other families who move to Ethiopia every year for private or business reasons.
Addis Ababa (“The New Flower”) is situated 2400 m above sea level and therefore, despite its geographical proximity to the equator, has a spring-like, subtropical mountain climate with cool nights and warm days.
Outside the rainy season – February/March and late June to early October – there is almost no precipitation, so outdoor activities can be planned well in advance during the day. The evenings and nights, however, become sensitively cool to cold, especially around Christmas, and in the higher altitudes around the city they can approach freezing point.
The city with about 5.5 million inhabitants is spacious, with lush vegetation and considerable differences in altitude. Amharic is one of the most spoken languages in Ethiopia, but there are over 80 different languages with more than 200 dialects spoken in the country. However, many people also understand English, especially in the big cities.
Learn more about the diversity of Ethiopia! Here is a link to a great BBC article:
Addis Ababa is a relatively safe city, although petty crime has increased in recent years. The number of “petty thefts”, including robberies and pickpocketing, has increased significantly. The vast majority of incidents are non-violent, although in a few cases people have been beaten, injured or threatened with weapons. Petty theft is highly organised in Addis Ababa. The perpetrators often work in groups and rely on distraction. The people involved are mostly young men and young people. Don’t let this intimidate you, life in Addis is nevertheless beautiful and among our Helpful Tips you will find valuable advice that can save you some embarrasment !
Explore the city and discover new places. Addis has a lot to offer. Here we have put together some sights that you can explore in the city.
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