The fact is that many people do not know a curious detail.
In fact, currently the second largest country with a predominant Orthodox religion is Ethiopia.
Only after Russia.
There is also a war going on there.
The Coptic Orthodox Church is the main one in Ethiopia.
Currently, the population of the country is 126 million people.
Ethiopia has also been waging a civil war between different factions of society for several years.
Despite the tens of thousands of victims, the country has a huge natural increase of 2-3% per year.
Thus, around 2028, Ethiopia will overtake Russia in terms of population, which has a declining population.
Around 2030, Ethiopia will already have a population of 149 million people, and Russia will decrease to 141 million people.
In 2050, the population of Ethiopia will reach 214 million people, and that of Russia will decrease by about 11 million below the present and become 131 million people.
Ethiopia is the second most populous country in Africa and the tenth largest with an area of 1,100,000 square kilometers. The capital is Addis Ababa. It borders Eritrea to the north, Sudan and South Sudan to the west, Djibouti and Somalia to the east, and Kenya to the south.
Ethiopia is one of the early Christian countries where Christianity did not come through Europe, but straight from Judea through Egypt up the Nile. The Patriarchate of Alexandria was in charge until the middle of the 20th century, after which the Ethiopian Church became autocephalous. The Syrian monk Frumentius was the first spiritual leader of the Ethiopians. The Ethiopians call him Abba Selami /Father of Peace/.
By the time of King Ezana 330, Christianity was established as the main religion. Coptic Orthodoxy is mainly for Ethiopia. In the 7th century, Islam penetrated the eastern regions of Ethiopia and the Somali, Afar, Beja, etc. peoples became Islamized. However, Islamization did not spread over the Christianized areas of the high plateaus in western and southern Ethiopia.
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