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Hawassa (Amharic: አዋሳ?, also spelled Awassa or Hawassa) is a city in Ethiopia, on the shores of Lake Awasa in the Great Rift Valley. It is located 285 km south of Addis Ababa via Debre Zeit, 130 km east of Sodo, and 75 km north of Dilla. The town serves as the capital of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region, and is a special zone of this region. It lies on the Trans-African Highway 4 Cairo-Cape Town, and has a latitude and longitude of 7°3′N 38°28′E / 7.050°N 38.467°E and an elevation of 1708 meters above sea level. Awasa was capital of the former Sidamo Province from about 1978 until the province was abolished with the adoption of the 1995 Constitution. This city is home to Hawassa University (which includes an Agricultural College, a Main Campus and a Health Sciences College), Awasa Adventist College, and a major market. The city is served by Awasa Airport (ICAO code HALA, IATA AWA), opened in 1988. Postal service is provided by a main branch; electricity and telephone service are also available. Important local attractions include the St. Gabriel Church and the Awassa Kenema Stadium. Fishing is a major local industry.


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Facts and Stats for Awassa*

  • Awassa: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Awassa for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Awassa.

    • Burglary and Theft 30 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 25 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 45 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 65 (High)
    • Car Stealing 5 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 25 (Low)
    • Attacks 25 (Low)
    • Drug offense 50 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 95 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 55 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 20 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 60 (High)
  • Living in Awassa - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 68.13 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Awassa

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Awassa

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.04 USD
    • International Movie per seat 3.25 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 68.57 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 105 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 42.28 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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