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Batu, ባቱ
Baatuu is located in Ethiopia
Location within Ethiopia
Coordinates: 7°56′N 38°43′E / 7.933°N 38.717°E / 7.933; 38.717Coordinates: 7°56′N 38°43′E / 7.933°N 38.717°E / 7.933; 38.717
Country Ethiopia
ZoneEast Shewa Zone
1,643 m (5,390 ft)
 • Total43,660
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)
Area code(s)+251 46 441

Baatuu or Batu is a town and separate woreda in central Ethiopia. It is located on the road connecting Addis Ababa to Nairobi in the East Shewa Zone of the Oromia Region of Ethiopia, Batu has a latitude and longitude of 7°56′N 38°43′E / 7.933°N 38.717°E / 7.933; 38.717 with an elevation of 1643 meters above sea level.


Adjacent to Haaroo Dambal (Lake Dambal), the economy of the town is based on fishing and horticulture. Batu is also home to a prison and a caustic soda factory.


The 2007 national census reported a total population for Batu of 43,660, of whom 22,956 were men and 20,704 were women. The majority of the inhabitants said they practised Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity, with 51.04% of the population reporting they observed this belief, while 24.69% of the population were Muslim, 0.42% practiced traditional beliefs, and 22.07% of the population were Protestant.[1] The 1994 national census reported this town had a total population of 20,056 of whom 10,323 were males and 9,733 were females.


  1. ^ 2007 Population and Housing Census of Ethiopia: Results for Oromia Region, Vol. 1 Archived November 13, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, Tables 2.1 (p. 9), 2.5 (p. 114), 3.4 (p. 349) (accessed 22 September 2012)

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