Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region
Southern Nations, Nationalities,
and Peoples' Region
ደቡብ ብሔሮች ብሔረሰቦችና ሕዝቦች ክልል
Map of Ethiopia showing Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region
|• Total||93,800 km2 (36,200 sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||ET-SN|
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Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region (often abbreviated as SNNPR; Amharic: የደቡብ ብሔር ብሔረሰቦችና ሕዝቦች ክልል, romanized: Yädäbub Bḥer Bḥeräsäbočna Hzboč Kllə) is a multinational regional state of Ethiopia. It was formed from the merger of five kililoch, called Regions 7 to 11, following the regional council elections on 21 June 1992. Its government is based in Awasa.
The SNNPR borders Kenya to the south (including a small part of Lake Turkana), the Ilemi Triangle (a region claimed by Kenya and South Sudan) to the southwest, South Sudan to the west, the Ethiopian region of Gambela to the northwest, the Oromia Region to the north and east, and the Sidama Region to the east. The region's major cities and towns include Sodo, Arba Minch, Bonga, Jinka, Dila, Irgalem, Mizan Teferi, Wendo, Welkite, Durame, Hosaena and Worabe.
The regional government of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region is based in the city of Awasa. Following the formation of the Sidama Region in June 2020, Awasa is located outside of the boundaries of the region. The regional government is planning to move to a city within the region's boundaries after two consecutive national electoral cycles. 
Based on the 2007 Census conducted by the Central Statistical Agency of Ethiopia (CSA), the SNNPR has an estimated total population of 14,929,548, of whom 7,425,918 were men and 7,503,630 women. 13,433,991 or 89.98% of the population are estimated to be rural inhabitants, while 1,495,557 or 10.02% are urban; this makes the SNNPR Ethiopia's most rural region. With an estimated area of 105,887.18 square kilometers, this region has an estimated density of 141 people per square kilometer. For the entire region 3,110,995 households were counted, which results in an average for the region of 4.8 persons to a household, with urban households having on average 3.9 and rural households 4.9 people. The projected population for 2017 was 19,170,007.
In the previous census, conducted in 1994, the region's population was reported to be 10,377,028 of whom 5,161,787 were men and 5,215,241 were women. At the time of the census, the rural population of the Region accounted for 93.2% of the total population. Semien Omo, Sidama, and Gurage were the three zones with the highest population. The population is concentrated mostly in eastern, northern and central part of the SNNPR while the western and southern part of the region is sparsely populated.
The SNNPR Water Resources Bureau announced that as of the fiscal year ending in 2006, they had increased the area of the region that had access to drinkable water to 54% from 10–15% 15 years ago. In August 2008, the head of public relations for the Bureau, Abdulkerim Nesru, announced that 94 million birr had been spent to further increase the availability of drinkable water in the region from 58% in the previous year to 63.6%. Priority was given to certain zones, such as Sidama, Welayta and Gurage, as well as the Alaba special woreda and several resettlement areas.
Values for other reported common indicators of the standard of living for the SNNPR as of 2005[update] include the following: 10.7% of the inhabitants fall into the lowest wealth quintile; adult literacy for men is 57% and for women 22.4%; and the Regional infant mortality rate is 85 infant deaths per 1,000 live births, which is greater than the nationwide average of 77; at least half of these deaths occurred in the infants’ first month of life.
|Religion||1994 Census||2007 Census|
|other religious affiliations||—||1.5%|
|People||1994 Census||2007 Census|
- All ethnicities
The ethnicities native to the SNNPR, with percentages of the population as reported in the 2007 national census and organized by linguistic grouping, include:
- Alaba – 1.35%, mostly in Alaba special woreda
- Tembaro People- 1.32%,Mostly in Tembaro Woreda.
- Arbore – 0.04%
- Daasanach – 0.32%, mostly in Dasenech (woreda)
- Dirashe – 0.2%, mostly in Dirashe special woreda
- Gawwada – 0.43%, mostly in Dirashe special woreda
- Gedeo – 4.9%, mostly in Gedeo Zone
- Hadiya – 7.98%, mostly in Hadiya Zone
- Kambaata – 3.82%, mostly in Kembata Tembaro Zone
- Burji – 0.38%, mostly in Burji special woreda
- Konso – 1.47%, mostly in Konso special woreda
- Libido (or Mareqo) – 0.38%, mostly in Mareko (woreda)
- Sidama – 19.38%, mostly in the former Sidama Zone
- Kebena – 1.21% mostly in Kebena (Woreda)
- Tsamai – 0.13%, mostly in Bena Tsemay (woreda)
- Aari – 1.9%, mostly in Bako Gazer (woreda)
- Basketo – 0.52%, mostly in Basketo special woreda
- Bench – 2.34%, mostly in Bench Maji Zone
- Chara – 0.08%, mostly in South Omo Zone
- Dawro – 3.28%, mostly in Dawro Zone
- Dime – < 0.01%
- Dizi – 0.23%, mostly in Maji (woreda)
- Dorze, mostly in Chencha (woreda)
- Gamo – 7%, mostly in Gamo Gofa Zone
- Goffa – 2.41%, mostly in Gamo Gofa Zone
- Hamar – 0.31%, mostly in Hamer (woreda)
- Kachama, mostly in Arba Minch (woreda)
- Karo – 0.01%
- Kafficho – 5.44%, mostly in Keffa Zone
- Konta – 0.54%, mostly in Konta special woreda
- Koorete – 1.02%, mostly in Amaro special woreda
- Male – 0.59%, mostly in Male (woreda)
- Mello, mostly in Melokoza (woreda)
- Oyda – 0.25%, mostly in Oyda (woreda)
- Shakacho – 0.44%, mostly in Sheka Zone
- Sheko – 0.24%, mostly in Sheko (woreda)
- Welayta – 10.59%, mostly in Wolayita Zone
- Yem (Yemse) – 0.5%, mostly in Yem special woreda
The 2007 census reported that the predominantly spoken mother tongue languages include Sidama (19.59%), Welayta (10.48%), Hadiya (8%), Gurage languages (7.13%), Gamo (6.9%), Kafa (5.36%) and Amharic (4.10%). Other languages spoken in the State include Kambaata, Mello, Goffa, Gedeo and Dima; because of the relatively few number of speakers of most of the languages in the region, the working language of the state is Amharic (the most widely spoken language in Ethiopia and formerly the only official language).
The 1994 census reported that the predominantly spoken languages include Sidamigna (18%), Guragigna (14.72%), Welayta (11.53%), Hadiyigna (8.53%), Keffigna (5.22%), and Kembatigna (4.35%). Other languages spoken in the State include Gamoigna, Mello, Goffa, and Gedeo.
The CSA reported that for 2004–2005 100,338 tons of coffee were produced in the SNNPR, based on inspection records from the Ethiopian Coffee and Tea authority. This represents 44.2% of the total production in Ethiopia.
Farmers in the Region had an estimated total 7,938,490 head of cattle (representing 20.5% of Ethiopia's total cattle), 3,270,200 sheep (18.8%), 2,289,970 goats (17.6%), 298,720 horses (19.7%), 63,460 mules (43.1%), 278,440 asses (11.1%), 6,586,140 poultry of all species (21.3%), and 726,960 beehives (16.7%).
Enset is a major indigenous local crop in the SNNPR.
Presidents of the Executive Committee
- Abate Kisho (SEPDM) 1992–2001
- Hailemariam Desalegn 12 November 2001 – March 2006
- Shiferaw Shigute (SEPDM) March 2006 – July 2013
- Dessie Dalke July 2013 – 2018
- Million Mathiwos 2018-2019
- Erstu Yirdaw August 31, 2019 Until now
The following list of administrative zones and special woredas (an administrative subdivision which is similar to an autonomous area and is not part of a zone) is based on information from the 2007 census; the list of second administrative level bodies maintained by the United Nations Geographic Information Working Group dates from 2002, and shows a previous subdivision.
- Bench Maji
- Dawro (formerly part of North Omo Zone)
- Gamo Zone (formerly known as Gamo Gofa Zone/North Omo Zone)
- Gofa Zone (Formerly part of Gamo Gofa zone)
- Keffa (formerly part of Keficho Shekicho Zone)
- Keficho Shekicho
- Kembata Tembaro
- North Omo[a]
- Sheka (formerly part of Keficho Shekicho Zone)
- South Omo
- Wolayita (formerly part of North Omo Zone)
- Alaba zone (formerly halaba special woreda)
- Amaro (special woreda)
- Basketo (special woreda, formerly part of North Omo Zone)
- Burji (special woreda)
- Dirashe (special woreda)
- Konso Zone (formerly special wereda)
- Konta (special woreda, formerly part of North Omo Zone)
- Yem (special woreda)
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