Birr

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Birr

The currency of Ethiopia. It was introduced in 1945, replacing the East African shilling, though an earlier birr had been the currency prior to the East African campaign and the Italian occupation of Ethiopia. It is noted for its high rate of inflation, estimated at over 11% in 2005 and 41% in 2008. Interestingly, the official translation of the birr was "dollar" until 1976, when "birr" became the appropriate word in both Amharic and English.
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5 million Ethiopian birr during the last nine-month period.
The regional government of Amhara invested 120m Ethiopian birr ($6.
In domestic law, Article 525 of the revised Ethiopian Penal Code, "Producing, Making, Trafficking in or Using Poisonous or Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances," stipulates five years in prison and a 100,000 Ethiopian birr fine (approximately $6,100)for convicted illegal drug users and dealers.
If foreign competition does come, it might well struggle to compete with fine Ethiopian coffee served at 5 Ethiopian birr ($0.
The survey is calculated to cost about 1,363,205 million USD which is about 24,537,690 million Ethiopian Birr.

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