20 Refreshing Facts About Rwanda
- Rwanda is a small, mountainous landlocked country in East Africa.
- It is bordered by Uganda to the north, Tanzania to the east, Burundi to the south and Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west.
- The coordinates for Rwanda are 1.9403° S, 29.8739°
- The international dialling code for Rwanda is +250
- The terrain here is mostly grassy uplands and hills, with altitude declining from west to east.
- In fact, Rwanda earned the nickname ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’ due to its mountainous terrain!
- The total land area of Rwanda is 10,169 square miles (26,338 square kilometres).
- Rwanda’s population was 12.21 million in 2017.
- This makes Rwanda the most densely populated country in Africa!
Flag of Rwanda
- The capital is Kigali which covers an area of 281.8 square miles (730 square kilometres) and has a population of 859,332 million (2012).
- The average life span here is 67.13 years (2016).
- The climate in Rwanda is temperate. There are two rainy seasons from February to April and November to January, whilst in the mountains it is possible to experience snow and frost.
- Plastic bags are not allowed in Rwanda due to the mess and environmental harm they can cause, how great is that!
- In fact, they are so concerned about cleanliness that in Kigali it is compulsory for all residents to help clean their community on the last Saturday of each month!
- The official languages of Rwanda are French, English, Kinyarwanda and Kiswahili. That’s a lot of languages!
- Did you know, Rwanda is the first country in the world to have a female majority parliament? Girl power!
- Should you wish to go and watch mountain Gorillas in the wild, you’ll need to pay your tour guide in Rwandan Franc, the official currency of Rwanda.
- Rwanda grows coffee, tea, bananas and pyrethrum and rears livestock.
- Its industry consists of tourism, agricultural products, cement, soap and small scale beverages.
- Rwanda also exports coffee, tea, hides and tin ore.
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