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Mayor Adanech Abiebie

Welcome to the City of Addis Ababa’s website, and thank you for visiting the Mayor’s page. It is my hope that you will explore the opportunities Addis Ababa has to offer to our businesses and residents, notably the Addis Ababa Friendship Park, Andinet Park, Entoto Center for the Arts, Addis Ababa Senior Center Macedonia, and many more exciting areas of the city.

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Facts about our city

Addis Ababa is the capital city of Ethiopia and the African Union and is often called the “African Capital” due to its historical, diplomatic and political significance for the continent.Addis Ababa is an important administrative center not only for Ethiopia but also for the whole of Africa. The headquarters of the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa can both be found in the city.

This historically significant city in its enchanting mountain setting is recognized as one of the world¹s most problematic, yet fascinating and beautiful cities. Its country’s border war with Eritrea and unsteady relationship with Somalia have put a heavy burden on Addis Ababa as it has become a center for refugees whom it cannot support.

With a population of 3,627,934 as of 2007, Addis Ababa is the world’s largest city that is in a landlocked country. When the city was at risk due to a shortage of firewood in the early 1900s, an ambitious campaign to plant Eucalyptus trees imported from Australia in and around the city essentially secured its lasting location. Today, a greenbelt of forests and semi-subsistence cultivated land surrounds the city.

Located in the foothills of the Entoto Mountains and standing 7,726 feet (2,355 meters) above sea level, it is the third highest capital in the world. It is located in the geographic center of the country.

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