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Sebeta is located in Ethiopia
Location within Ethiopia
Coordinates: 8°54′40″N 38°37′17″E / 8.91111°N 38.62139°E / 8.91111; 38.62139Coordinates: 8°54′40″N 38°37′17″E / 8.91111°N 38.62139°E / 8.91111; 38.62139
Country Ethiopia
Region Oromia
Zone Oromia Special Zone Surrounding Finfinne
Elevation 2,356 m (7,730 ft)
Population (2007)
 • Total 49,331
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
Climate Cwb

Sebeta is a town and separate woreda in central Ethiopia, and a suburb of Addis Ababa. Located in the Oromia Special Zone Surrounding Finfinne of the Oromia Region, this town has a latitude and longitude of 8°54′40″N 38°37′17″E / 8.91111°N 38.62139°E / 8.91111; 38.62139 and an elevation of 2,356 meters (7,730 feet) above sea level.

The Sebeta School for the Blind is located in Sebeta. It became part of the Haile Selassie I Foundation in 1959, and construction on a new building began on 4 October 1962.[1] The Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research opened a research station in Sebeta in 1967, which operates as the national center for research into improving fishing yields.[2]


A plot to kill the Emperor near Sebeta with a land mine in the road was discovered on 16 November 1969. Eight people were arrested, and the leader, 76-year-old Tekle Wolde Hawariat, killed himself next day after a gun battle with police at his home in Addis Ababa. He was mentioned without dishonor in the Ethiopian media because of his valuable service to the country in previous years.[1]

A congregation of the Mekane Yesus Church was established in 1979. The congregation's church was burnt by a mob in April 1994, and the leaders of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church afterwards failed to condemn the act.[1]


The 2007 national census reported a total population for Sebeta of 49,331, of whom 24,356 were men and 24,975 were women. The majority of the inhabitants said they practised Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity, with 71.1% of the population reporting they observed this belief, while 16.87% of the population were Muslim, and 11.18% were Protestant.[3]

According to the 1994 national census, the town had a population of 14,100.


  1. ^ a b c "Local History in Ethiopia" The Nordic Africa Institute website (accessed 28 November 2007)
  2. ^ EARI list of research centers (accessed 30 April 2009)
  3. ^ 2007 Population and Housing Census of Ethiopia: Results for Oromia Region, Vol. 1, Tables 2.1, 2.5, 3.4 (accessed 13 January 2012)