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Language: Ethiopia supports a diverse mix of linguistic groups with some 70 languages spoken. English is the most widely spoken European language as it is used for secondary education. French is heard on occasion. Dress: As Ethiopia has a substantial Muslim population, in rural areas particularly, it is advisable to dress modestly. Electrical current/ plugs: 220 AC volts/ 50 hv. Plugs are the rounded two-pronged variety. Religion: Main religions are Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity, Islam and Protestant Christianity. Water: It is recommended to drink only bottled water. Culture: Ethiopia has a cultural, historical and linguistic identity quite distinct from that of the rest of Africa, largely because it has spent long periods of its history in virtual isolation. It is fair, if rather simplistic, to say that Ethiopia is where the ancient world and Africa meet. Politics: The government of Ethiopia is structured in a framework of a federal parliamentary republic, with the Prime Minister as the head of government.