Kelam Welega Zone

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Kelam Welega (Afan Oromo: Qeellam Wallaggaa) is one of the zones of the Oromia Region in Ethiopia. This zone is named after the former province of Welega, whose western part lay in the area Kelam Welega now occupies. Kelam Welega was formed of woredas which included to West Welega Zone.


Based on the 2007 Census conducted by the Central Statistical Agency of Ethiopia (CSA), this Zone has a total population of 797,666, of whom 401,905 are men and 395,761 women. 76,277 or 9.56% of population are urban inhabitants. A total of 159,353 households were counted in this Zone, which results in an average of 5.01 persons to a household, and 152,916 housing units. The two largest ethnic groups reported in Kelam Welega were the Oromo (94.08%) and the Amhara (5.13%); all other ethnic groups made up 0.79% of the population. Oromiffa was spoken as a first language by 94.12% and 5.32% spoke Amharic; the remaining 0.56% spoke all other primary languages reported. The majority of the inhabitants were Protestants, with 48.45% of the population having reported they practiced that belief, while 26.9% of the population professed Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity and 23% of the population were Muslim.[1]


  1. Census 2007 Tables: Oromia Region, Tables 2.1, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2 and 3.4.

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