Location map of Ethiopia


Living in Ethiopia

Live in one of the oldest countries in the world

Ethiopia has a unique cultural heritage

The rich cultural heritage is magnified by the fact that Ethiopia is the home of one of the oldest Christian Churches (the Ethiopian Orthodox Church) and has experienced a long period of monarchy.

Living in Addis Ababa

The capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa is the home of the African Union

A nice climate

Located at 2,300 metres above sea level, Addis Ababa has a mild climate.

January February March April May June July August September October November December
Temperature (average, °C) 15.4 16.6 17.9 17.9 18 17 15.9 15.8 16.2 15.7 14.8 14.9
Temperature (min, °C) 7.4 8.7 10.5 11.1 10.8 10.6 11.1 11 10.7 8.7 6.7 7
Temperature (max, °C) 23.5 24.5 25.4 24.8 25.2 23.4 20.7 20.7 21.7 22.7 23 22.9
Precipitation (average, mm) 17 39 66 86 84 118 256 263 161 34 8 11

Database source: de.climate-data.org

A modern city

Huge skyscrapers are changing the whole profile of the city

(source: CNN).

A 46-storey glass tower is notably under construction.

Discover Ethiopia

All the essential elements are present in Ethiopia. Visitors can enjoy beautiful landscapes, fascinating wildlife and the amazing cultural heritage.

Cost of living

International ranking

Living in Ethiopia is, for expatriates, inexpensive.

The 2018 Mercer Cost of Living Survey ranks Addis-Ababa as the 183th most expensive city in the World (out of 209 cities).

Rank of selected cities- Mercer Cost of Living Survey (2018)

Rank City
7 Shanghai (China)
9 Beijing (China)
12 Shenzhen (China)
15 Guangzhou (China)
25 Nanjing (China)
29 Tianjin (China)
31 Chengdu (China)
36 Qingdao (China)
38 Shenyang (China)
117 Jakarta (Indonesia)
123 Nairobi (Kenya)
163 Istanbul (Turkey)
183 Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

Source: Mercer Cost of Living Survey (2018). Note: from the most expensive to the lowest expensive city.

Examples of nominal costs

The table below provides indicative accommodation and subsistence costs

Expenses Median indicative cost (USD per month)

1 bedroom apartment in city centre






Communication and utilities




Sports and leisure


Database source: Unipage.net. Last access: October, 2018.


Ethiopian companies provide basic services necessary to live in Ethiopia. A list of service providers is provided here