Batu (town)

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Baatuu (Oromo)
Batu 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
Region Oromia
ZoneEast Shewa
1,643 m (5,390 ft)
 • Total43,660
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)
Area code+251 46 441

Batu (Oromo: Baatuu), formerly Zway or Ziway,[1] is a town and woreda on the road connecting Addis Ababa to Nairobi in the East Shewa Zone of Oromia Region, 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.


Located on the shore of Hora 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 Dutch company Sher operates what in 2019 has been called "the world's largest rose farm, employing 1,500 workers."[2]


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.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b 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)
  2. ^ Gérand, Christelle (June 5, 2019). "The real cost of 'Ethiopian-style development'". Equal Times. Retrieved 16 July 2021.

External links[edit]

Ziway travel guide from Wikivoyage