Oromo, West CentralPrint
8,920,000 in Ethiopia (1994 census). 25,500,000 all Oromo speakers in Ethiopia (2007 census). Population total all countries: 8,922,200. Ethnic population: All ethnic Oromo are 30,000,000 in Ethiopia.
West and central Oromiya Region; Rift Valley escarpment east of Dessie and Woldiya. Also in Egypt.
2 (Provincial). Statutory provincial working language in Oromia Region (1994, Constitution, Article 47(3)).
Central Oromo, Western Oromo. Subdialects are Mecha (Maccha, Wellaga, Wallaga, Wollega), Raya, Wello (Wollo), and Tulema (Tulama, Shoa, Shewa). Harar and Boran are most divergent.
Used by regional and national governments.
In Ethiopia, Oromo is viewed as 1 people who speak 1 language. Traditional religion, Christian, Muslim.