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Total population
30,000,000 [1]
Regions with significant populations
 Ethiopia 25,489,000[2]
 Kenya 818,000[3]
 Somalia 256,300[4]
 Yemen 189,000
 United States 150,563
 Germany 90,000
 Great Britain 28,000
 Djibouti 25,664
 Canada 17,580[5]
 Australia 12,000
 Saudi Arabia 10,000
 Egypt 3,100[6]
Sunni Islam 47.5%, Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity 30.5%, Protestant 17.7%, Traditional 3.3%
Related ethnic groups

The Oromo (Oromo: [Oromoo] error: {{lang}}: text has italic markup (help), "The Powerful"; Ge'ez: ኦሮሞ, ’Oromo) are an ethnic group found in Ethiopia, in northern Kenya, and to a lesser extent in parts of Somalia.[7] With 30 million members, they constitute the single largest ethnic group in Ethiopia and approximately 34.49% of the population according to the 2007 census.[2][8] Their native language is Oromo (also called Afaan Oromoo and Oromiffa), which is part of the Cushitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family.

  1. Oromo people, Joshua Project
  2. 2.0 2.1 Central Statistical Agency (2008). "Census 2007" (PDF). Addis Ababa: Central Statistical Agency: 66. Cite journal requires |journal= (help); |contribution= ignored (help)Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css has no content.
  3. "Ajuran, Garreh, Orma, Oromo-Boran, Oromo-Sakuye, Oromo-Gabbra, Rendille".Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css has no content.
  4. Oromo-Tulama, Oromo-Southern
  5. Statistics Canada - Ethnocultural Portrait of Canada Highlight Tables, 2006 Census
  6. Oromo-Tulama
  7. Merriam-Webster Inc, Frederick C. Mish, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, (Merriam-Webster: 2003), p.876
  8. The CSA estimates a population growth of 7.6% between the time the census was conducted and the date of its approval: Lua error in ...ribunto/includes/engines/LuaCommon/lualib/mwInit.lua at line 17: bad argument #1 to 'old_pairs' (table expected, got nil).