Ethiopia: Languages

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Source Translators without Borders
Date of Dataset December 31, 2007-December 31, 2007
Updated 4 February 2021
Expected Update Frequency As needed
Methodology Census
Caveats / Comments

All data is drawn from government survey results and is subject to any associated limitations or distortions present in the source data. The methodology by which literacy was measured during the census is not known. As a data protection measure, the language dataset provider, IPUMS has merged various second administrative units in order to provide spatio-temporally harmonized units that meet their 20,000 population threshold required for public dissemination of the data. This has resulted in combined figures for different zones in the Ethiopia dataset. North Western Tigray and Western Tigray, for example, have been combined into one row in this dataset and the language data can only apply across these combined zones. Attempts to disaggregate these locations would likely result in decreased data accuracy. Language and dialect naming conventions in the census are sometimes unclear and in some cases have been grouped or allocated to the Other Languages field. Languages with population shares less than 0.01% or under 1,000 people (whichever is greater) have been aggregated into the “Other” field. All decimal values have been rounded to a maximum of 3 decimal places. As a result language shares may not total 100%. Empty values represent non-existent data and should not be treated as zero values.

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