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Republic of Rwanda
Repubulika y'u Rwanda  (Kinyarwanda)
République du Rwanda  (French)
Jamhuri ya Rwanda  (Swahili)
Motto: "Ubumwe, Umurimo, Gukunda Igihugu"
(English: "Unity, Work, Patriotism")
Anthem: "Rwanda nziza"
(English: "Beautiful Rwanda")
Location of Rwanda (dark blue) – in Africa (light blue & dark grey) – in the African Union (light blue)
Location of Rwanda (dark blue)

– in Africa (light blue & dark grey)
– in the African Union (light blue)

and largest city
1°56′38″S 30°3′34″E / 1.94389°S 30.05944°E / -1.94389; 30.05944
Official languages
Ethnic groups
  • Rwandan
  • Rwandese
GovernmentUnitary presidential republic under a dominant-party authoritarian dictatorship[3][4]
• President
Paul Kagame
Édouard Ngirente
Chamber of Deputies
from Belgium
1 July 1962
• Admitted to the UN
18 September 1962
26 May 2003
• Total
26,338 km2 (10,169 sq mi) (144th)
• Water (%)
• 2019 estimate
12,374,397[5] (76th)
• 2012 census
• Density
470/km2 (1,217.3/sq mi) (22nd)
GDP (PPP)2020 estimate
• Total
$33.455 billion[7]
• Per capita
GDP (nominal)2020 estimate
• Total
$11.061 billion[7]
• Per capita
Gini (2016)43.7[8]
HDI (2019)Increase 0.543[9]
low · 160th
CurrencyRwandan franc (RWF)
Time zoneUTC+2 (CAT)
Driving sideright
Calling code+250
ISO 3166 codeRW
Internet TLD.rw


Rwanda, officially the Republic of Rwanda, is a landlocked country in the Great Rift Valley, where the African Great Lakes region and East Africa converge. Located a few degrees south of the Equator, Rwanda is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is highly elevated, giving it the soubriquet "land of a thousand hills", with its geography dominated by mountains in the west and savanna to the east, with numerous lakes throughout the country. The climate is temperate to subtropical, with two rainy seasons and two dry seasons each year. Rwanda has a population of over 12.6 million living on 26,338 km2 (10,169 sq mi) of land, and is the most densely populated mainland African country; among countries larger than 10,000 km2, it is the fifth most densely populated country in the world. A million people live in the capital and largest city Kigali.