489,000 (2010 UNSD), increasing. L2 users: 64,400 (1994 census). 323,000 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 1,000,000.
Amhara region: Awi and North Gonder zones, southwest of Lake Tana; Benishangul-Gumuz region: Metekel zone.
Dega, Kwolla, Kunfäl (Northern Awngi).
All domains. All ages. Neutral attitudes. Also use Amharic [amh].
Ethiopic script [Ethi], used since 1995.