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Administrative divisions 12 prefectures (in French - prefectures, singular - prefecture; in Kinyarwanda - plural - NA, singular - prefegitura); Butare, Byumba, Cyangugu, Gikongoro, Gisenyi, Gitarama, Kibungo, Kibuye, Kigali Rurale, Kigali-ville, Umutara, Ruhengeri
Age structure 0-14 years: 42.3% (male 1,690,122; female 1,674,147)

15-64 years: 55% (male 2,178,956; female 2,194,526)

65 years and over: 2.7% (male 85,472; female 130,790) (2004 est.)
Agriculture - products coffee, tea, pyrethrum (insecticide made from chrysanthemums), bananas, beans, sorghum, potatoes; livestock
Airports 9 (2003 est.)
Airports - with paved runways total: 4

over 3,047 m: 1

914 to 1,523 m: 2

under 914 m: 1 (2004 est.)
Airports - with unpaved runways total: 5

914 to 1,523 m: 2

under 914 m: 3 (2004 est.)
Area total: 26,338 sq km

land: 24,948 sq km

water: 1,390 sq km
Area - comparative slightly smaller than Maryland
Background In 1959, three years before independence from Belgium, the majority ethnic group, the Hutus, overthrew the ruling Tutsi king. Over the next several years, thousands of Tutsis were killed, and some 150,000 driven into exile in neighboring countries. The children of these exiles later formed a rebel group, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), and began a civil war in 1990. The war, along with several political and economic upheavals, exacerbated ethnic tensions, culminating in April 1994 in the genocide of roughly 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus. The Tutsi rebels defeated the Hutu regime and ended the killing in July 1994, but approximately 2 million Hutu refugees - many fearing Tutsi retribution - fled to neighboring Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, and the former Zaire. Since then, most of the refugees have returned to Rwanda, but about 10,000 that remain in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo have formed an extremist insurgency bent on retaking Rwanda, much as the RPF tried in 1990. Despite substantial international assistance and political reforms - including Rwanda's first local elections in March 1999 and its first post-genocide presidential and legislative elections in August and September 2003, respectively - the country continues to struggle to boost investment and agricultural output, and ethnic reconciliation is complicated by the real and perceived Tutsi political dominance. Kigali's increasing centralization and intolerance of dissent, the nagging Hutu extremist insurgency across the border, and Rwandan involvement in two wars in recent years in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo continue to hinder Rwanda's efforts to escape its bloody legacy.
Birth rate 40.01 births/1,000 population (2004 est.)
Budget revenues: $365.9 million

expenditures: $402.9 million, including capital expenditures of $NA (2003 est.)
Capital Kigali
Climate temperate; two rainy seasons (February to April, November to January); mild in mountains with frost and snow possible
Coastline 0 km (landlocked)
Constitution a new constitution was adopted 26 May 2003
Country name conventional long form: Rwandese Republic

conventional short form: Rwanda

local long form: Republika y'u Rwanda

local short form: Rwanda

former: Ruanda
Currency Rwandan franc (RWF)
Death rate 21.86 deaths/1,000 population (2004 est.)
Debt - external $1.3 billion (2000 est.)
Diplomatic representation from the US chief of mission: Ambassador Margaret K. McMILLION

embassy: #337 Boulevard de la Revolution, Kigali

mailing address: B. P. 28, Kigali

telephone: [250] 50 56 01 through 03

FAX: [250] 57 2128
Diplomatic representation in the US chief of mission: Ambassador Zac NSENGA

chancery: 1714 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20009

telephone: [1] (202) 232-2882

FAX: [1] (202) 232-4544
Disputes - international Tutsi, Hutu, Hema, Lendu, and other conflicting ethnic groups, associated political rebels, armed gangs, and various government forces continue fighting in Great Lakes region, transcending the boundaries of Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda to gain control over populated areas and natural resources - government heads pledge to end conflicts, but localized violence continues despite UN peacekeeping efforts
Economic aid - recipient $372.9 million (1999)
Economy - overview Rwanda is a poor rural country with about 90% of the population engaged in (mainly subsistence) agriculture. It is the most densely populated country in Africa; landlocked with few natural resources and minimal industry. Primary foreign exchange earners are coffee and tea. The 1994 genocide decimated Rwanda's fragile economic base, severely impoverished the population, particularly women, and eroded the country's ability to attract private and external investment. However, Rwanda has made substantial progress in stabilizing and rehabilitating its economy to pre-1994 levels, although poverty levels are higher now. GDP has rebounded, and inflation has been curbed. Export earnings, however, have been hindered by low beverage prices, depriving the country of much needed hard currency. Attempts to diversify into non-traditional agriculture exports such as flowers and vegetables have been stymied by a lack of adequate transportation infrastructure. Despite Rwanda's fertile ecosystem, food production often does not keep pace with population growth, requiring food to be imported. Rwanda continues to receive substantial aid money and was approved for IMF-World Bank Heavily Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) initiative debt relief in late 2000. But Kigali's high defense expenditures cause tension between the government and international donors and lending agencies.
Electricity - consumption 140 million kWh (2001)
Electricity - exports 0 kWh (2001)
Electricity - imports 50 million kWh (2001)
Electricity - production 96.78 million kWh (2001)
Elevation extremes lowest point: Rusizi River 950 m

highest point: Volcan Karisimbi 4,519 m
Environment - current issues deforestation results from uncontrolled cutting of trees for fuel; overgrazing; soil exhaustion; soil erosion; widespread poaching
Environment - international agreements party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Ozone Layer Protection

signed, but not ratified: Law of the Sea
Ethnic groups Hutu 84%, Tutsi 15%, Twa (Pygmoid) 1%
Exchange rates Rwandan francs per US dollar - 537.658 (2003), 476.327 (2002), 442.801 (2001), 389.696 (2000), 333.942 (1999)
Executive branch chief of state: President Paul KAGAME (since 22 April 2000)

head of government: Prime Minister Bernard MAKUZA (since 8 March 2000)

cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the president

elections: last held 25 August 2003 (next to be held NA 2008)

election results: Paul KAGAME elected president in first direct popular vote; Paul KAGAME 95.05%, Faustin TWAGIRAMUNGU 3.62%, Jean-Nepomuscene NAYINZIRA 1.33%
Exports 0 kWh (2001)
Exports $73.33 million f.o.b. (2003 est.)
Exports NA (2001)
Exports - commodities coffee, tea, hides, tin ore
Exports - partners Indonesia 39.2%, Germany 4.6%, China 3.9% (2003)
Fiscal year calendar year
Flag description three horizontal bands of sky blue (top, double width), yellow, and green, with a golden sun with 24 rays near the fly end of the blue band
GDP purchasing power parity - $10.11 billion (2003 est.)
GDP - composition by sector agriculture: 40.7%

industry: 21.5%

services: 37.8% (2003 est.)
GDP - per capita purchasing power parity - $1,300 (2003 est.)
GDP - real growth rate 3.5% (2003 est.)
Geographic coordinates 2 00 S, 30 00 E
Geography - note landlocked; most of the country is savanna grassland with the population predominantly rural
Highways total: 12,000 km

paved: 996 km

unpaved: 11,004 km (1999 est.)
Household income or consumption by percentage share lowest 10%: 4.2%

highest 10%: 24.2% (1985)
Imports 50 million kWh (2001)
Imports $245.8 million f.o.b. (2003 est.)
Imports NA (2001)
Imports - commodities foodstuffs, machinery and equipment, steel, petroleum products, cement and construction material
Imports - partners Kenya 23.3%, Germany 7.5%, Belgium 6.4%, Uganda 6.4%, France 5% (2003)
Independence 1 July 1962 (from Belgium-administered UN trusteeship)
Industrial production growth rate 7% (2001 est.)
Industries cement, agricultural products, small-scale beverages, soap, furniture, shoes, plastic goods, textiles, cigarettes
Infant mortality rate total: 101.68 deaths/1,000 live births

male: 106.68 deaths/1,000 live births

female: 96.53 deaths/1,000 live births (2004 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices) 7.5% (2003 est.)
International organization participation ACCT, ACP, AfDB, AU, CEPGL, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ISO (correspondent), ITU, MIGA, NAM, OPCW, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WCO, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTO
Irrigated land 40 sq km (1998 est.)
Judicial branch Supreme Court; communal courts; appeals courts
Labor force 4.6 million (2000)
Labor force - by occupation agriculture 90%
Land boundaries total: 893 km

border countries: Burundi 290 km, Democratic Republic of the Congo 217 km, Tanzania 217 km, Uganda 169 km
Land use arable land: 40.54%

permanent crops: 12.16%

other: 47.3% (2001)
Languages Kinyarwanda (official) universal Bantu vernacular, French (official), English (official), Kiswahili (Swahili) used in commercial centers
Legal system based on German and Belgian civil law systems and customary law; judicial review of legislative acts in the Supreme Court; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction
Legislative branch unicameral National Assembly or Assemblee Nationale (53 seats; members elected by direct vote)

elections: last held 29 September 2003 (next to be held NA)

election results: seats by party under the Arusha peace accord - RPF 40, PSD 7, PL 6
Life expectancy at birth total population: 39.18 years

male: 38.43 years

female: 39.96 years (2004 est.)
Literacy definition: age 15 and over can read and write

total population: 70.4%

male: 76.3%

female: 64.7% (2003 est.)
Location Central Africa, east of Democratic Republic of the Congo
Map references Africa
Maritime claims none (landlocked)
Military branches Rwandan Defense Forces (Army, Air Forces)
Military expenditures - dollar figure $47.7 million (2003)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP 2.9% (2003)
Military manpower - availability males age 15-49: 1,973,713 (2004 est.)
Military manpower - fit for military service males age 15-49: 1,004,296 (2004 est.)
National holiday Independence Day, 1 July (1962)
Nationality noun: Rwandan(s)

adjective: Rwandan
Natural hazards periodic droughts; the volcanic Virunga mountains are in the northwest along the border with Democratic Republic of the Congo
Natural resources gold, cassiterite (tin ore), wolframite (tungsten ore), methane, hydropower, arable land
Net migration rate 0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2004 est.)
People - note Rwanda is the most densely populated country in Africa
Political parties and leaders Centrist Democratic Party or PDC [Alfred MUKEZAMFURA]; Social Democratic Party or PSD [Vincent BIRUTA]; Democratic Popular Union of Rwanda or UDPR [Adrien RANGIRA ]; Democratic Republican Movement or MDR (officially banned) [Celestin KABANDA]; Islamic Democratic Party or PDI [Andre BUMAYA]; Liberal Party or PL [Prosper HIGIRO]; Party for Democratic Renewal (officially banned) [Pasteur BIZIMUNGU and Charles NTAKARUTINKA]; Rwandan Patriotic Front or RPF [Paul KAGAME]
Political pressure groups and leaders IBUKA - association of genocide survivors
Population 7,954,013

note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected (July 2004 est.)
Population below poverty line 60% (2001 est.)
Population growth rate 1.82% (2004 est.)
Ports and harbors Cyangugu, Gisenyi, Kibuye
Radio broadcast stations AM 0, FM 3 (two main FM programs are broadcast through a system of repeaters and the third FM program is a 24 hour BBC program), shortwave 1 (2002)
Religions Roman Catholic 56.5%, Protestant 26%, Adventist 11.1%, Muslim 4.6%, indigenous beliefs 0.1%, none 1.7% (2001)
Sex ratio at birth: 1.03 male(s)/female

under 15 years: 1.01 male(s)/female

15-64 years: 0.99 male(s)/female

65 years and over: 0.65 male(s)/female

total population: 0.99 male(s)/female (2004 est.)
Suffrage 18 years of age; universal adult
Telephone system general assessment: telephone system primarily serves business and government

domestic: the capital, Kigali, is connected to the centers of the prefectures by microwave radio relay and, recently, by cellular telephone service; much of the network depends on wire and HF radiotelephone

international: country code - 250; international connections employ microwave radio relay to neighboring countries and satellite communications to more distant countries; satellite earth stations - 1 Intelsat (Indian Ocean) in Kigali (includes telex and telefax service)
Telephones - main lines in use 23,200 (2002)
Telephones - mobile cellular 134,000

note: Rwanda has mobile cellular service between Kigali and several prefecture capitals (2003)
Television broadcast stations NA
Terrain mostly grassy uplands and hills; relief is mountainous with altitude declining from west to east
Total fertility rate 5.55 children born/woman (2004 est.)
Unemployment rate NA
Waterways Lac Kivu navigable by shallow-draft barges and native craft (2004)
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