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What are Some Interesting Facts about Rwanda

What are Some Interesting Facts about Rwanda

Rwanda, also known as The Land of a Thousand Hills, is one of the most beautiful and fertile countries in Africa. It might be the smallest country in East Africa with a population of around 12 million people, but it is the 145th largest nation in the world with regard to land area. The largest city in Rwanda is called Kigali, and also serves as the country’s capital. If you visit Rwanda, four languages are going to be very common; Swahili, French, Kinyarwanda, and English.

The reason why Rwanda has some of the most beautiful sceneries is the entire nation is located on high altitude. The highest mountain in Rwanda (Mount Karisimbi) is 4,507 meters above sea level. Unlike two of its East African counterparts (Tanzania and Uganda), Rwanda has a slightly smaller percentage of protected areas (9%) despite having the highest number of mountain gorillas.

Rwanda borders Tanzania to the east, Burundi to the south, the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west, and Uganda to the north. Rwanda also has several lakes with the largest being Lake Kivu being the most massive (90km long and 50km wide) on the nation’s western border. Here are some interesting facts about the smallest country in East Africa.

  • The highest number of mountain gorillas

Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda has the highest reported number of mountain gorillas in the world. As of a 2018 census, the Virungas Massif, an area on the national park had well over 600 mountain gorillas. Considering mountain gorillas are an endangered species, having 60% of the animals in your country is a massive win for Rwanda. Mountain gorillas are such a huge attraction in Rwanda that around 100 tourists can visit them every day.

  • Champions of a clean environment

Did you know that it is illegal to produce, import, sell, or use plastic bags in Rwanda? Doing so can cost you a $19,000 fine or up to four years in jail. From 2008, the pollution that is so eminent in most African countries seized to exist in Rwanda. Rwanda’s capital city, Kigali, was once voted the cleanest city in Africa with Namibia’s Windhoek providing stiff competition. To avoid any trouble with the law, do not carry any plastic bags when visiting Rwanda.

  • The highest number of women parliamentarians

As hard as it might be to believe, Rwanda has the highest number of female members of parliament (64%) on the globe. After their last election, Rwanda saw women occupy 49 of the 80 seats on the single or lower house and 10 out of 26 seats in the Senate or upper house. Cuba and Bolivia follow closely behind with slightly over 50% of women occupying principal positions of power in government.

  • Umuganda

Umuganda means community projects in Rwanda and occurs every last Saturday of the month throughout the country. Everybody drops their respective job on this day and participates in activities intended to help the community such as building schools, cutting grass, or cleaning the roads. Umuganda takes place between 8 am, and 11 am and started after the country went through the genocide period in an attempt to bring the people closer.

  • The country has a very high population density

It might be one of the smallest countries on the globe, but Rwanda is home to a lot of people with well over 12 million of them living in the country's capital. Agriculture is widely explored, and all the fields and Savannah areas are already well populated, making up thousands of villages. As such, local towns are always buzzing with activities from the corporate end of things to women going to the market and men going to the fields with their tools in hand.

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