Wegera (woreda)

Wegera (Amharic: ወገራ) or Wogera is one of the woredas in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia. Wegera is named for the former province Wegera, which was located roughly in the same location,

Flag of Wogera
ZoneSemien Gondar
RegionAmhara Region
 • Total1,851.52 km2 (714.88 sq mi)
 (2012 est.)
 • Total240,346 [1]

and was later made part of the province of Semien. Part of the Semien Gondar Zone, Wegera is bordered on the south by Mirab Belessa, on the southwest by Gondar Zuria, on the west by Lay Armachiho, on the northwest by Tach Armachiho, on the north by Dabat, on the northeast by Jan Amora, and on the southeast by Misraq Belessa. Towns in Wegera include Amba Giyorgis and Gedegbe.

Due to its inaccessibility and the lack of the most basic infrastructure, in 1999 the Regional government classified Wegera as one of its 47 drought prone and food insecure woredas.[2]


Based on the 2007 national census conducted by the Central Statistical Agency of Ethiopia (CSA), this woreda has a total population of 220,566, an increase of 20.14% over the 1994 census, of whom 112,445 are men and 108,121 women; 18,664 or 8.46% are urban inhabitants. With an area of 1,851.52 square kilometers, Wegera has a population density of 119.13, which is greater than the Zone average of 63.76 persons per square kilometer. A total of 46,731 households were counted in this woreda, resulting in an average of 4.72 persons to a household, and 45,394 housing units. The majority of the inhabitants practiced Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity, with 97.5% reporting that as their religion, while 2.5% of the population said they were Muslim.[3]

The 1994 national census reported a total population for this woreda of 183,589 in 35,155 households, of whom 93,991 were men and 89,598 women; 8,410 or 4.58% of its population were urban dwellers at the time. The two largest ethnic groups reported in Wegera were the Amhara (90.48%), and the Qemant (9.24%); all other ethnic groups made up 0.28% of the population. Amharic was spoken as a first language by 99.74%; the remaining 0.26% spoke all other primary languages reported. The majority of the inhabitants practiced Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity with 97.19% practicing that belief, while 2.76% of the population said they were Muslim.[4]


  1. ^ a b Geohive: Ethiopia Archived 2012-08-05 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Underdeveloped, Drought Prone, Food Insecure: reflections on living conditions in parts of the Simien Mountains" UNDP-EUE Report October 1999 (accessed 26 January 2009)
  3. ^ Census 2007 Tables: Amhara Region, Tables 2.1, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2 and 3.4.
  4. ^ 1994 Population and Housing Census of Ethiopia: Results for Amhara Region, Vol. 1, part 1, Tables 2.1, 2.7, 2.10, 2.13, 2.17, Annex II.2 (accessed 9 April 2009)

Coordinates: 13°00′N 37°40′E / 13.000°N 37.667°E / 13.000; 37.667