Quick Facts

  • Officially known as the Republic of Rwanda
  • Independence: 1962 (from Belgium)
  • Population: 12,661,733
  • Climate: temperate, with mountains in the west, savanna in the east, and numerous lakes.
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • Economy: based on subsistence agriculture
  • Divided into four provinces
  • Rwandan genocide due to civil strife in area in 1994 estimated 500,000 to 1 million killed in 100 days of fighting.
  • Official languages: Kinyarwanda, French, English
  • Capital city: Kigali (pop. 1.257 million)
  • Literacy rate: 70.5%
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • A presidential unitary republic
  • Chief of state: President Paul Kagame of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (since 2000)
  • Head of government: Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi (since 2014)

Healthcare Statistics

  • Infant mortality rate: 58.19/1,000 births
  • Maternal mortality rate: 290/100,000
  • Life expectancy: 58.02 years
  • Physician density: 0.06/1,000
  • Health expenditures: 9% GDP
  • Hospital bed density: 1.6/1,000
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 2.82%
  • Infectious disease risk: very high
  • Infectious diseases: bacterial diarrhea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, malaria, dengue fever, rabies
  • Approx. 1 in 5 children die before their fifth day with malaria as usual cause.
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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