The vast region of Oromia covers and area of more than 350,000km2 and supports a large population of almost 20 million people. Roughly 85% of the regional population is Oromo and another 10% Amhara. Aside for the 5% who still practise animist or other traditional religions, the regional split between Christian and Muslim is as good as even The official language of Oromifa is inscribed with Latin script rather than Arabic characters used elsewhere in the country. With its fertile soils it is the breadbasket of the country, producing more than half of the countries agricultural crop, and it is also home to almost half the nations livestock.
Oromia hosts many of Ethiopia’s natural attractions including Bale and Awash National Parks and the lakes of the Rift Valley and Bishoftu.