Ethiopia By The Numbers

Adoption Journey – Day 30

I have been reading a lot of blogs about Ethiopia these days and one, Ferenge Addis Blog, had some interesting facts about Ethiopia in a recent post. I decided I’d post some of them, with the Canadian equivalents where I could find them, so if you’re interested, you can learn a few things about the country Mystery Baby will come from.

  • Population: 74 million (Canada: 33 million)
  • Population below poverty line (US$0.50 per day): 50%
  • Number of native languages spoken: 88 (Canada: 2 official)
  • Currency: Ethiopian Birr (=US$0.113)
  • Religion (percentages vary wildly by study): 51% Orthodox Christian, 33% Muslim, 10% Protestant
  • Life expectancy: 41 years (80.22 years in Canada)
  • Average annual income: $110 (Canada $30,000)
  • Child malnutrition: 48%
  • Completed primary school: 2.6% (Canada: 97%)
  • Literacy rate: 42.7% (Canada: 97%)
  • Births per female: 5.4 (Canada: 1.61)
  • Child mortality: 123 per 1,000 (Canada: 6.9 per 1,000)
  • Infant mortality: 77 per 1,000 live births (Canada: 4.69 per 1,000)
  • Maternal mortality: 673 per 100,000 live births (Canada: 3.8 per 100,000)
  • Women who receive pre-natal medical care: less than 1%
  • Births taking place at a health facility with trained staff: 6% (Canada: 98%)
  • Number of cell phones: 410,600 (Canada: 16.6 million)
  • Number of television stations: 1 (Canada: 80)
  • Number of internet service providers: 1 (Canada: unknown, but a lot)

Many thanks to Ferenge Addis Blog for providing all the facts and figures as we learn more about the land of Mystery Baby’s birth. And for giving us something to think about.

2 thoughts on “Ethiopia By The Numbers

  1. You know, it astounds me. All the things we take for granted as necessities (and some truly are) that the people there do without.

    I’m so happy to know that you will be getting a child who will give so much to you, but also get so much in the way of opportunity from being with you.

    I can’t wait to meet your baby (Babies?) and I’m so glad you picked the country that you did.

    When I think of the life they would have had, I weep inside.

  2. Well, for all the facts that show that children are struggling to survive in Ethiopia, I have also read so many stories and blogs about how much progress the country has made since their famine hit our news stories in the 80s — I want to share some of that, too. Also, Ethiopia is a country of such rich, storied history, with such a diverse population and such a fascinating past. I haven’t got a fact sheet of this sort of stuff yet, but I hope to post one at some point. It’s really a fascinating country, and I am so pleased that I’ll be able to share that history with our child some day.

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