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Living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Addis Ababa, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 21 people living in Addis Ababa what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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If someone is planning to move to Ethiopia, specifically Addis Ababa, there are things you should know: houses and cars are expensive, but food is cheap and all organic. Contrary to the news reports, Addis is generally very safe. Of course, there are pickpockets, but not in a violent way.

Kirubel, says: 2023

Addis Ababa happens to be the third highest capital in the world after La Paz, Bolivia, and Quito, Ecuador. Situated at 7,600 feet above sea level, it has cool evenings and pleasant days in the dry season and mostly cool and damp days in the rainy season. Addis Ababa also is the seat of the African Union and a home to a lot of diplomatic missions including the United Nations Economic Commission to Africa. As the country has a diverse population with a lot of different ethnic groups, one would find almost all these people groups in the capital.

Addis Ababa is the capital city of Africa in which the headquarters of the African Union is located. Having a car and a house is a must to live an easy and simple life without any struggle. Amharic is the official language there. There are many hotels to relax and enjoy.

It is the third highest capital in the world and seat of the African Union and a host of diplomatic missions. There are about four million people in it. Addis is cool and damp in the rainy season and temperate and dry in the dry season. One must consider dressing in layers.

Ibrahim, says: 2020

The city is magnificent and one can never get enough of it. It is full of different places and whichever corner you turn, you never get enough. Addis Ababa is one wonderful destination being the center of the country, it is full of life and hospitable people. It is sure not to disappoint.

Abraham, says: 2020

Addis Ababa is a very vibrant city where people who come from many cultures live in harmony. It has a lot of tourist attractions and coffee houses, almost on every corner. Many languages are spoken in this city but Amharic is the dominant one as it is the federal language of Ethiopia.

Dereje, says: 2020

Addis Ababa is the capital of Ethiopia. It is a highland city and it’s where the headquarters of African union is. Addis is very vibrant and where most of the country’s economy lies. Since the last two years there are multiple parks being built that are suitable for walking, biking and enjoy time with people you love.

Benjamin, says: 2020

Addis Ababa is the capital of Ethiopia. It is the home for many nations and nationalities coming from all over the country. It has many five stars hotels. The community is so hospitable and you would enjoy staying here. you will enjoy many traditional foods, if you like and wish to eat.

Benjamin, says: 2020

Anyone moving to Addis Ababa most of all must know that majority of residents do not speak English, therefore they need translator by their side. Other than that, Addis is a beautiful city with a very welcoming environment. Last but not least, they should mostnot leave without having a cup of Ethiopian coffee.

Selahaddin, says: 2020

There will be transportation problems at mornings and extremely crowded at mornings and at the end of the day. There will be noise’s at mornings and sometimes at night because of churches and electricity may not be available sometimes other than that neighborhood is very safe and the people are kind.

There are many cultural and traditional sites, different food any person would love to eat experience the cultural exchange. anyone who loves adventures would love coming to the motherland to see where all human beings first existed and the hottest place on earth, the churches, statues such as Axum will sure grab your attention.

Dagnet, says: 2020

My people are very known for there hospitality, we have above eighty thousand ethnic groups. We all live in harmony, peace and tranquility. Any one will fit right in, but it would be beneficial if they learn our mother tongue (Amharic), cause it makes it much easier to move around.

Sarina, says: 2020

Addis is a beautiful city. Roads are jammed most of the day so it won’t be easy getting around. There are a lot of international restaurants and people are mostly friendly. Life is more expensive when compared to a lot of other cities in Ethiopia. The people of Ethiopia are more religious and culture oriented so you might want to do a little digging before your arrival to the capital.

Amharic is the official language. carrying a lot of dollar cash is forbidden. Also, it is better to rent a house than to rent an apartment because most of the apartments in the city are not of a good quality.

Markos, says: 2020

It is a very good city which have different culture and tourism and with his beautiful heritage monument and well developing country. Since Addis Ababa is capital city of Ethiopia it has a lot of facility and easy to access necessary things such as hotel, hospital, cafe and different kind of supermarket.

Addis is the capital of Ethiopia and the seat of African Union. Hence a lot of people move to the city in search for better life. This has resulted in a very expensive housing and crowded public transportation. it is important to plan ahead about housing and transportation before moving.

Abraham, says: 2020

Addis Ababa is the biggest city in Ethiopia and home to the HQ of the African Union (AU). It’s often called the capital of the continent. The people come from different parts of Ethiopia making the city diverse and the only place in the country where almost all of the 80+ languages are spoken.

our city is great place to work and to chill. And it has nice hospitality. Our people are nice. But also our city face big problems with a lot of things. Like Not compatible electricity supply, have problem with mobile networks also on transportation there are bit problems. The person who want to move to our country should consider this.

Addis Ababa is the capital of Ethiopia. Where the largest marketplace in whole of Africa is found here, called Mercato. The oldest town part called Piassa have old buildings that are built during the Haile Selassie reign. Addis Ababa is the city where African union sits down, this city have more construction than any other African countries.

I’d tell someone who wants to move here to explore every city corner to experience the amazing nightlife, the bars, the nightclubs, the traditional food, the dance, the people will make anyone’s stay unforgettable and in the daylight the beautiful atmosphere of the city makes one to stick around for longer.

Addis Ababa is one of the most diverse places on earth. In Addis there a lot of languages spoken like Amharic, English, Oromo, etc, and diverse religions like Protestants, Catholics, and Muslims. And mostly our people are so united we do things together.

Selahaddin, says: 2020

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