Location within Ethiopia

Coordinates: 11°55′N 37°42′E / 11.917°N 37.700°E / 11.917; 37.700
Country Ethiopia
Region Amhara
Zone Debub Gondar Zone
Elevation 1,828 m (5,997 ft)
Population (2005)
  Total 26,317
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Wereta (also transliterated as Woreta) is a town in northern Ethiopia. Located in the Debub Gondar Zone of the Amhara Region, east of Lake Tana and south of Addis Zemen, this town has a latitude and longitude of 11°55′N 37°42′E / 11.917°N 37.700°E / 11.917; 37.700Coordinates: 11°55′N 37°42′E / 11.917°N 37.700°E / 11.917; 37.700 with an elevation of 1828 meters above sea level. It is the administrative center of Fogera woreda.

Telephone service had reached Wereta by 1967, and as of 2007 the town has electrical service. In the 1990s, a new campus for the Wereta College of Agriculture was designed by National Consultants (chief architect Assefa Bekele), with a proposed budget of 60 million Birr.[1] Located on top of a hill next to the road to Bahir Dar, the college has a capacity of 2000 students and graduated 269 students in 2004.[2]


Wereta appears in the Royal chronicles during the first reign of Emperor Tekle Giyorgis (1779-1784), as the place whence Ras Hailu Eshte fled after escaping imprisonment in Gondar.[3] Wereta was included as one of the stages of the Gondar-Boso trade route of the 1840s, located immediately south of the Reb River, according to a list compiled by Antoine Thomson d'Abbadie in his Geodesie d'Ethiopie.[4]


Based on figures from the Central Statistical Agency in 2005, Wereta has an estimated total population of 26,317, of whom 13,044 were males and 13,273 were females.[5] The 1994 census reported this town had a total population of 15,181 of whom 6,863 were males and 8,313 were females.


  1. "Local History in Ethiopia" The Nordic Africa Institute website (accessed 20 December 2007)
  2. "Fogera Pilot Learning Site Diagnosis and Program Design" IPMS Information Resources Portal - Ethiopia (January 2005), p. 8 (accessed 10 March 2009)
  3. H. Weld Blundell, The Royal chronicle of Abyssinia, 1769-1840 (Cambridge: University Press, 1922), p. 336
  4. G.W.B. Huntingford, Historical Geography of Ethiopia from the first century AD to 1704 (London: British Academy, 1989), p. 255
  5. CSA 2005 National Statistics, Table B.4

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