50 Fascinating Facts About Rwanda

Rwanda, often known as the ``Land of a Thousand Hills,`` is busting African travel clichés and re-emerging as a superb location for private and personal travel. Even though You went to Rwanda with the entirely erroneous premise that the country would be comparable to Uganda, my knowledge couldn't be more inaccurate. Rwanda is a tiny African nation whose name is most often connected with the atrocities committed here in 1994. It was among the most devastating episodes in Rwandan history, if not the world. It was, however, a watershed moment in the country's history. Since then, it has launched on a new road of social, economic, and ecological growth, and it deserves to be remembered for more than the events of 1994. Most people are only familiar with two facts about Rwanda: it is home to gorillas and had a horrible genocide. The nation has so much more to offer. As fun and informative information about this tiny landlocked nation in East Africa, please read on.

Fascinating Facts

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Rwanda is a landlocked African nation. Landlocked nations are surrounded by land and have no access to the sea. There are now 45 landlocked nations and five partly recognized states.
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The Twa — a Pygmy hunter-gatherer group distinguished for their diminutive height (usually 1.5m (5ft) tall – first settled in Rwanda.
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Somewhere between the 5th century and the 11th century, a group of Hutu and Tutsi people began to settle in the area of present-day Rwanda.
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Hanning Speke, a British adventurer, was the first European to enter what would eventually become Rwanda in 1858.
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Rwanda was conquered by German soldiers beginning in 1890 and subsequently by Belgian forces beginning in 1916.
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The mountains of Rwanda give it the name "Land of a Thousand Hills."
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According to The World Bank, Rwanda is among the easiest nations to conduct business there and ranks second in Africa behind Mauritius. It is efficient, well-organized, and has a corruption perception score comparable to Spain but lower than Italy.
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Rwanda has the most significant proportion of female parliament members in the world, at 64%.
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From April 1994 till mid-year, about one million Tutsis, including moderate Hutus, were massacred by their Hutu compatriots in the quickest genocide in history.
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Since his rebel army halted the genocide in 1994, Paul Kagame has virtually controlled Rwanda. He served as vice-president and defense minister beginning in 1994, although he was primarily considered the true leader. Parliament chose him as president in 2000, and he has subsequently gone on to win elections in 2003, 2010, and 2017.
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Rwanda's flag is blue-yellow-green horizontally striped with a yellow sun with 24 rays in the upper-right corner. The design depicts Rwanda's rich foliage bathed in golden sunlight to symbolize national unity, respect for effort, courage, and self-assurance.
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Rwanda's real GDP growth rate averaged 8.1 percent per year between 2001 and 2012. Rwanda sees 'rapid and inclusive economic development led by solid economic policy,' according to the Fitch rating organization.
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Rwanda's international dialing code is +250.
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The topography is primarily grassy uplands with hills, with height decreasing from west to east.
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Rwanda was regarded as one of the safest countries on the planet in 2017, one of Rwanda's fascinating facts.
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Even though Rwanda's closeness to its much less peaceful neighbor, Congo, Its drop in the rankings is due to the fact that 83 percent of locals say they feel comfortable strolling alone at night.
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Kigali, the capital city, is often considered as Africa's safest capital city and is very well as a superb vacation choice for solo visitors.
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Rwanda is the world's finest example of girls in parliament, with more than 60% of parliament members being female.
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Although most people are aware that Rwanda was a part of the Belgian Empire before, many are unaware that before the Belgians
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There is more to Kigali than just its safety and cleanliness. The roadways are all immaculate and well-kept. There are no potholes in the road, and the plants and trees are well-kept.
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Rwanda is the only country on the planet that sends citizens to participate in National service acts called "Umuganda" on the last Saturday of the month.
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Since 2000, Rwanda has been among the top five most developed countries.
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According to the World Bank's 2016 Doing Business Report, Rwanda is the second most business-friendly country in Africa, behind only Mauritius, which ranks first in Africa and 49th overall. In Rwanda, business registration takes 48 hours.
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The country is regarded as the most effective in Africa in terms of high online connections. The Rwandan government is expanding web services such as the building of fiber optic in all parts of the country.
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Rwanda is known for its steep and mountainous landscape. On average, the nation is 1,000 meters above sea level and never descends to sea level.
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Rwanda, along with Tanzania, was a part of Germany until becoming a member of the Belgian Empire after WWI.
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Africa's most densely populated nation is projected to have an average population density of 274.6 persons per square kilometer.
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Rwanda's life expectancy has increased by ten years in the last decade due to remarkable improvements in healthcare availability and health outcomes. More than 90% of Rwandans have access to medical insurance.
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Smaller than Maryland, Rwanda features a diverse landscape of savannahs, mountains, and lakes (including Lake Kivu, one of the world's most profound). Its abundant rainfall covers the vast, rolling hills in gleaming carpets of green vegetation and tea plantations (one of the country's most important exports).
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Since 2007, Rwanda has had a leadership role in environmental efforts, as per the World Economic Forum, and has a long history of putting environmental and climate change at the core of its policies. It is, nonetheless, the current frontrunner.
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In addition to chimpanzees, giraffes, leopards, elephants, hippos, and zebras, Rwanda is also home to more than 700 species. Not only that, but Mount Virunga is also home to one-third of such world's remaining mountain gorillas, making it one of just two places on the globe in which you might see these critically endangered primates in their natural habitat.
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Rwanda, Africa's second-most densely inhabited nation after Mauritius, is also the continent's most highly populated mainland country. There were 496 persons per square kilometer in 2017.
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Rwanda has among the world's lowest CO2 emissions. In terms of metric tonnes per capita, it was placed sixth in 2020.
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Rwanda's capital, Kigali, has been recognized as one of Africa's greenest and cleanest cities after implementing various steps to clean up the city despite population growth over the previous decade.
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The country features 23 lakes and several rivers.
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Rwanda has restored and upgraded the Nyungwe, Gishwati, as well as Mukura forests to national parks, ensuring that the plants and animals that live there may grow in a safe environment.
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Rwandans have established a national objective of expanding forest cover to 30 percent of the country's total land area by 2020, which is among the fascinating facts about Rwanda.
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All year, the country has mild local weather with temperatures ranging from 25 to 300 degrees Celsius during the day and 150 degrees Celsius at night.
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Rwanda gained the moniker "Land of a Thousand Hills" due to its rugged landscape!
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Rwanda has a total land area of 10,169 square miles (26,338 sq. kilometers).
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Rwanda had a population of 12.3 million people in 2018, which is one of Rwanda's fascinating facts.
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Rwanda is, therefore, the most densely inhabited country in Africa!
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Kigali, the capital, has an area of 281.8 square miles (730 square kilometers) with a population of 859,332 million people (2012).
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The average life expectancy in this area is 68.34 years (2017).
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In Rwanda, this is happening at a lower cost than usual. Girls now hold 67 percent of the seats in Rwanda's Parliament, which means 54 of the 80 seats are occupied by women.
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Rwanda has a moderate climate. The rainy season lasts from February until April & November to January, respectively, with the possibility of snow and frost in the highlands during the latter.
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Plastic bags are not permitted in Rwanda due to the mess and environmental harm they would cause. How great is that?
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Rwanda has launched the Green Fund, a ground-breaking program that supports corporate and non-profit activities contributing to Rwanda's commitment to building a green economic system. Africa's most major fund of its sort has already raised over $100 million.
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In fact, they are so concerned with cleaning that in Kigali, all inhabitants must help clear their neighborhood on the last Saturday of the month!
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Rwanda was one of the first nations to prohibit plastic bags in 2008 entirely. The country aspires to be the world's first plastic-free country.

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