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Ethiopia is divided into 9 ethnically-based administrative regions (kililoch; singular – kilil) and two chartered cities (astedader akababiwach, singular – astedader akabibi). The word "kilil" more specifically means "reservation" or "protected area" and the ethnic basis of the regions and choice of the word "kilil" has drawn fierce criticism from the opposition, who have drawn comparisons to the bantustans of Apartheid South Africa.[1] The 9 regions (and two chartered cities, marked by asterisks) are:

Regions and chartered cities of Ethiopia
  1. Addis Ababa*
  2. Afar
  3. Amhara
  4. Benishangul-Gumuz
  5. Dire Dawa*
  6. Gambela
  7. Harari
  8. Oromiya
  9. Somali
  10. Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region
  11. Tigray

These administrative regions replaced the older system of provinces (which are still sometimes used to indicate location within Ethiopia).

List of Regions

The 11 Regions of Ethiopia
Region Name Population Area (sq. km) Density (sq. km) Capital
Addis Ababa 3,147,000 530.14 5,936.2 N/A
Afar Region 1,389,004 96,707 14.36 Asaita
Amhara Region 19,120,005 159,173.66 120.12 Bahir Dar
Benishangul-Gumuz Region 625,000 49,289.46 12.68 Asosa
Dire Dawa 398,000 1,213.20 328.06 N/A
Gambela Region 247,000 25,802.01 9.57 Gambela
Harari Region 196,000 311.25 629.72 Harar
Oromiya Region 26,553,000 353,006.81 75.22 Adama
Somali Region 4,329,001 279,252 15.5 Jijiga
Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region 14,901,990 112,343.19 132.65 Awasa
Tigray Region 4,334,996 50,078.64 86.56 Mek'ele

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