Rwandan Facts: All you need to know

Rwanda is a landlocked country found in central Africa bordering Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi and democratic republic of Congo. Rwanda covers a total area of 26,338 sq km with 24,948 sq km comprising of land and 1,390 sq km made of water bodies. The country is also known as land of a thousand hills.

Rwandan Facts: All you need to know

Rwanda has got two climatic seasons; the rainy seasons are from February to April and November to January while the dry season is from May to September and in December.

The highest point in Rwanda is Mount Karisimbi at 4,519 meters above sea level and lowest point is river Ruzizi at 950 meters above sea level.

Rwanda is one of the three countries in the world where you can trek the endangered mountain gorillas from.

You can start a business within 48 hours in Rwanda and this can take up to 11 days on average from a OECD at high income countries.

Rwanda has been ranked number one in Africa for gender, Rwanda has got the highest female representatives in parliament with 64% of members of parliament being women.

There is something called Omuganda in Rwanda, this happens every last Saturday of the month where by all Rwandese including the president participate in general cleaning and this has made their city Kigali one of the cleanest cities in the world.

Rwanda became the first country in the world to ban the use of plastic bags in 2007.

Rwanda leads as the first African digital revolution with the smart Kigali initiative creating access to wireless internet in public areas and creating 4G for 95% of its citizens in partnership with Korea Telecom.

Over 90% of Rwandese have got access to medical insurance making it one of Africa’s countries to achieve Millennium development goals.
Rwanda has got four official languages that is English, Kinyarwanda, Kiswahili and French.

The Nyungwe rainforest in Rwanda is the best preserved montane rain forest in central Africa, the Nyungwe forest national park also offers beautiful canopy walk ways.

German colonized Rwanda as part of German east Africa in 1884 then Belgium invaded in 1916 during world war 1.

Rwanda is the most densely populated country in Africa with few natural resources and minimal industry.

Rwanda is the forth smallest country in African continent with a total area of 26,338 kilometers squared. The country is the 149th smallest country in the world.

Walking with flip flop sandals while in public areas in Rwanda is not allowed

In 1959, the majority ethnic group of the Hutus over threw the Tutsi king and over the following years many Tutsis were killed and some driven to the neighboring countries for exile and by 1994 broke the Rwandan genocide that saw the death of millions of people in a hundred days. You can visit the Rwandan genocide museum and learn more about the genocide.

The most common dominant religions in Rwanda is roman Catholic, Protestants, Seventh day Adventists and Muslims.

The average life span in Rwanda is 40 years of age.

Rwanda exports tea, coffee, hides and tin ore.

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