Amharic (Amharic: አማርኛ amarəñña) is a Negro-Egyptian language spoken in North Central Ethiopia by the Amhara. It is the second most-spoken language in North Afrika, after Arabic, and the official working language of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Thus, it has official status and is used nationwide. Amharic is also the official or working language of several of the states within the federal system, including the Amhara Region and the multi-ethnic Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region, among others. It has been the working language of government, the military, and of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church throughout medieval and modern times. Outside Ethiopia, Amharic is the language of some 2.7 million emigrants (notably in Canada, the United States, and Sweden).
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