This is the first time a visitor from Rwanda visit my Blog, but I don't know why the widget I used, failed to add to my 167 country visitors to my Blog so far.... Must be something to do with the "Flash" apparatus, I guess..
Anyway, lets learn something about RWANDA:
Flag of RwandaGEOGRAPHY:
Rwanda, in east-central Africa, is surrounded by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, and Burundi. It is slightly smaller than Maryland. Steep mountains and deep valleys cover most of the country. Lake Kivu in the northwest, at an altitude of 4,829 ft (1,472 m), is the highest lake in Africa. Extending north of it are the Virunga Mountains, which include the volcano Karisimbi (14,187 ft; 4,324 m), Rwanda's highest point.
The original inhabitants of Rwanda were the Twa, a Pygmy people who now make up only 1% of the population. While the Hutu and Tutsi are often considered to be two separate ethnic groups, scholars point out that they speak the same language, have a history of intermarriage, and share many cultural characteristics. Traditionally, the differences between the two groups were occupational rather than ethnic. Agricultural people were considered Hutu, while the cattle-owning elite were identified as Tutsi. Supposedly Tutsi were tall and thin, while Hutu were short and square, but it is often impossible to tell one from the other. The 1933 requirement by the Belgians that everyone carry an identity card indicating tribal ethnicity as Tutsi or Hutu enhanced the distinction. Since independence, repeated violence in both Rwanda and Burundi has increased ethnic differentiation between the groups.
Rwanda, which became a part of German East Africa in 1890, was first visited by European explorers in 1854. During World War I, it was occupied in 1916 by Belgian troops. After the war, it became a Belgian League of Nations mandate, along with Burundi, under the name of Ruanda-Urundi. The mandate was made a UN trust territory in 1946. Until the Belgian Congo achieved independence in 1960, Rwanda-Urundi was administered as part of that colony. Belgium at first maintained Tutsi dominance but eventually encouraged power sharing between Hutu and Tutsi. Ethnic tensions led to civil war, forcing many Tutsi into exile. When Rwanda became the independent nation of Rwanda on July 1, 1962, it was under Hutu rule.
FACTS and FIGURES:
Republic of Rwanda
President: Paul Kagame (2000)
Prime Minister: Pierre Damien Habumuremyi (2011)
Land area: 9,633 sq mi (24,949 sq km); total area: 10,169 sq mi (26,338 sq km)
Population (2011 est.): 11,370,425 (growth rate: 2.792%); birth rate: 36.74/1000; infant mortality rate: 64.04/1000; life expectancy: 58.02
Capital ang Largest city: Kigali, 909,000
Monetary unit: Rwanda francNational name: Repubulika y'u Rwanda
Languages: Kinyarwanda, French, and English (all official); Kiswahili in commercial centers
Ethnicity'Race: Hutu 84%, Tutsi 15%, Twa (Pygmoid) 1%
Religions: Roman Catholic 56.5%, Protestant 26%, Adventist 11.1%, Islam 4.6%, indigenous beliefs 0.1%, none 1.7% (2001)
Literacy rate: 70.4% (2003 est.)
Economic summary: GDP/PPP: $12.16 billion (2010 est.); per capita $1,100. Real growth rate: 6.5%. Inflation: 2.3%.
Arable land: 45.56%.
Agriculture: coffee, tea, pyrethrum (insecticide made from chrysanthemums), bananas, beans, sorghum, potatoes; livestock.
Labor force: 4.446 million (2007); agriculture 90%, industry and services 10% (2000).
Industries: cement, agricultural products, small-scale beverages, soap, furniture, shoes, plastic goods, textiles, cigarettes.
Natural resources: gold, cassiterite (tin ore), wolframite (tungsten ore), methane, hydropower, arable land. Exports: $234.2 million (2010 est.): coffee, tea, hides, tin ore.
Imports: $1.121 billion (2010 est.): foodstuffs, machinery and equipment, steel, petroleum products, cement and construction material.
Major trading partners: Kenya, Democratic Republic of the Congo, China, Swaziland, US, Pakistan,Uganda, UAE, Tanzania (2010).
Communications: Telephones: main lines in use: 39,700 (2010); mobile cellular: 3.549 million (2010). Broadcast media: government owns and operates the only TV station; government-owned and operated Radio Rwanda has a national reach; 9 private radio stations; transmissions of multiple international broadcasters are available (2007).
Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 815 (2010).
Internet users:450,000 (2009).
Transportation: Railways: 0 km.
Highways: total: total: 14,008 km paved: 2,662 km unpaved: 11,346 km (2004).
Waterways: Lac Kivu navigable by shallow-draft barges and native craft.
Ports and harbors: Cyangugu, Gisenyi, Kibuye.
Airports: 9 (2010).
map of Rwanda
welcome to Rwanda..
View of the lake
Kigali - hill sides
nice view - Rwanda
Land of thousand hills - Rwanda
Rwanda culture 1..
Rwanda culture 2..
Rwanda - paper money
welcome to Rwanda..
Have a nice day....