Gaining mainstream attention after the film, Hotel Rwanda, the country of Rwanda offers more than a bloody history of genocide. Although Rwanda's recent civil strife can not be ignored, the positive aspects of Rwanda should not be overlooked. The following are five things most people probably do not know about the country of Rwanda:
5 Facts You Might Not Know
The capital of Rwanda
Known as The Land of a Thousand Hills, the terrain in Rwanda can be treacherous to travel. The highest point in Rwanda, Karisimbi Volcano, is located 4,519 meters above sea level, and is found in the Virunga Mountains. The chain of mountains populating Rwanda's countryside can be attributed to Rwanda's location along the East African Rift.
Water is a necessity for all life, and Rwanda derives most of its water from a series of lakes. More specifically, these lakes are: Lake Kivu, Lake Mugesera, Lake Muhazi, Lake Ruhondo, Lake Ihema, and Lake Bulera. Because of the availability of water, many types of animals inhabit Rwanda's waterways like storks and Blue-headed Gondolek.
Every country must have a form of currency in order to do business. Rwanda uses the Rwandan franc. In terms of converting Rwandan francs to US dollars, individuals should expect to get around 588 rwf for every 1 US dollar. Rwanda may drop the use of the Rwandan franc if the East African Shilling is adopted by other East African countries.
In the US, life expectancy is around 70-80 years. However, Rwanda's average life expectancy is nearly half at approximately 40. This is most likely a reflection of the widespread genocide rather than dietary or medical insufficiencies. Overtime, researchers will be able to get a more accurate picture of Rwanda's true life expectancy, once the ramifications of the genocide have dissipated.
The Twas Pygmy ethnic group in Rwanda, which comprises roughly 1 percent of the country's entire population, are thought to be the decedents of the original inhabitants of Rwanda. The Twas Pygmy are a very traditional society, in that they are based around the hunter-gatherer way of life.
The currency of Rwanda
is the Rwanda Franc(RWF)
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Rwanda is an African country
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Coordinates (in Latitude & Longitude) of Rwanda
2 00 S, 30 00 E
Kilometers of coastline
Square kilometers of land
Square kilometers of water
1,390 square kilometers
40.16 / 1000 population
14.91 / 1000 population
90 sq km
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