Culture

The restoration and rehabilitation of Fasiledes Bath located within the World Heritage site of the Fasil Gebi complex in the town of Gondar, located 770 km northwest of Addis Ababa is nearing completion with the financial assistance of Norway. Read more

One hundred and fourteen years have passed since Italian forces were beaten at Adwa in their attempt to colonize Ethiopia. In the 1930/40s- Mussolini’s Fascist regime tried again through a bloody occupation of Ethiopia. But unlike many other countries who have suffered bloody invasions and conquests, Ethiopia has embraced many cultural traditions from its former foe. Read more

January 7th is Ethiopian Christmas. Throughout that day, millions of Orthodox Ethiopians will break the fast they have been observing for almost six weeks . Accompanying the meat, egg and chicken-based dishes celebrating Christmas, they will also enjoy “Tej”, Ethiopian homemade honey-wine. Read more

In 1991, UK comedian, actor and writer Michael Palin travelled from the North Pole to the South Pole as part of a TV-series. The journey took him through Ethiopia just after the Derg-downfall, and the episode of “From Pole to Pole” in Ethiopia gives an interesting insight into a country in transition. Read more

Ambassador Jens Petter Kjemprud and State Minister Ahmed Shide signs agreement worth 900 000 NOK. Read more

The Norwegian residence in Addis Ababa, constructed in 1963 has a story to tell, having been subjected to a faith closely connected to the turbulent Ethiopian history of the last 50 years. The beautiful residence, located in the Old Airport area of the Ethiopian capital was originally built for the Major of Addis Ababa.  Read more

Few people know that the origin of coffee is from the western part of Ethiopia . One can still see wild coffee growing in the fertile forests in many parts of the region. Jimma is the capital of the old province of Kafa and it remains the most important coffe collecting centre in Ethiopia . Read more

“At the bottom of the vast sea of mankind there is a hidden treasure called Africa , in this treasure there is a pearl more precious than the others, due to the beauty of its landscape, cultures, traditions and history. The name of this pearl is Ethiopia ”     -Agostino Mantovani- Read more

Veteran US diplomat, academician and author Paul Henze has given an interesting account of the last years of the Mengistu regime, based on his personal experiences as advisor to the US National Security Council. Through the two volumes he gives diary accounts of his meetings and extensive travel in Ethiopia during the last years of the Dergue. The accounts covers several meetings with Mengistu... Read more

A young Ethiopian author living in the US , Dinaw Mengestu, has written a masterpiece of a novel about life in exile.   Mengestu brilliantly describes the life and dillemmas of exiled life of an Ethiopian in Washington DC  who fled the Mengistu regime's brutality and oppression.  Read more