21,600,000 in Ethiopia (2007 census). 14,750,000 monolinguals. Population total all countries: 21,811,560.
North central, Amhara Region; Addis Ababa. Also in Canada, Djibouti, Egypt, Israel, United States.
1 (National). Statutory national working language (1994, Constitution, Art 5(2)), also statutory provincial language.
SOV; prepositions, postpositions, genitives, articles, and relatives precede noun heads; question word initial; case affixes; verb suffixes show person, number, gender of subject and (optionally) object; passives including deponents, causatives, CV, CVC, V, CVCC
People suffer from famines. Christian, Jewish.