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Rwanda

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RWANDA
(pronounced - roo-an-duh | ruːˈɑːndə)
OFFICIAL NAME: Republic of Rwanda
DEMONYMS: Rwandan, Banyarwandan, African
Rwanda is part of the Eastern Africa region in the continent of Africa. Rwanda's name is believed to have derived from the Kinyarwanda word meaning expand and is also known as Land of a Thousand Hills. It is in the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, near the equator and is 26.3 thousand square kilometres in size. The primary languages spoken are Kinyarwanda, English and French; the capital city is Kigali and the main currency used is the Rwanda Franc.
LGBTQIA+ Equality Index
Medium-Low
LGBTQIA+ Dollar
c.212 million
LGBTQIA+ Population
c.372 thousand
ALLOW SAME-SEX MARRIAGES
No
RECOGNISE GENDER CHANGE
No
BANNING GAY CONVERSION THERAPY
No

Geography

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CAPITAL

Kigali

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REGION

Eastern Africa

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CONTINENT

Africa

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HEMISPHERE

Tropics

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AREA

26338

(square kilometers)

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SURROUNDING OCEAN(S)

Landlocked

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Name in other languages

learn the literal translations of the country’s name in twelve of the most popular languages
English Flag
English
Rwanda
Mandarin Flag
Mandarin
卢旺达
Dutch Flag
Dutch
Rwanda
Spanish Flag
Spanish
Ruanda
Arabic Flag
Arabic
رواندا
Portuguese Flag
Portuguese
Ruanda
French Flag
French
Rwanda
Hebrew Flag
Hebrew
רואנדה
Russian Flag
Russian
Руанда
German Flag
German
Ruanda
Hindi Flag
Hindi
रवांडा
Japanese Flag
Japanese
ルワンダ

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LAST UPDATED:  April 25, 2023
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| STATUS

  • There are currently no known issues or armed conflicts taking place within this country. It is advised that you consult your country's foreign or overseas department before you travel. Your government's ministry will provide you with the latest information and guidance as to whether it is safe to travel to this country (or to parts of it)
  • LGBTQIA+ travel discretion is advised. Though it is not illegal to identify as LGBTQIA+ or engage in same-sex relationships, it is always recommended that you carry out independent research before travelling
  • GENDER IDENTITY/EXPRESSION | The country does not have any laws in place regarding gender identity and expression
  • LGBTQIA+ ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS | This country has no anti-discrimination laws) in place. The lack of regulations means that there is no legal protection for those community members living or visiting from facing discrimination
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Government

| INFORMATION

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RWANDA
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND COOPERATION
minisiteri y'ububanyi n'amahanga n'ubutwererane | ministère rwandaise des affaires étrangères et de la coopération
The foreign office or ministry is typically a department within a government that focuses on promoting that particular country and what it represents worldwide. The department will often highlight national security, travel restrictions, visa requirements and all relevant foreign policies
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RWANDA
MINISTRY OF HEALTH
minisiteri yubuzima | ministère de la santé
The health office or ministry is typically a department or organisation within a government that focuses on all things relating to health. The department will often highlight travel restrictions, vaccination requirements, pandemics, outbreaks, and relevant health-related information
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  USEFUL PHRASES | GREETINGS

Common phrases and terms in the local language(s)
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GREETINGS
indamutso | greeting | salutation
HI
muraho | hi | salut
HOW ARE YOU?
mumeze mute? | how are you? | comment allez-vous?
GOOD MORNING
mwaramutse | good morning | bonjour
I'M GOOD, AND YOU?
ndi mwiza, nawe? | i'm good, and you? | je vais bien et toi?
GOOD AFTERNOON
mwaramutse | good afternoon | bonne après-midi
WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
witwa nde? | what is your name? | quel est ton nom?
GOOD NIGHT
ijoro ryiza | good night | bonne nuit
MY NAME IS…
nitwa … | my name is ... | je m'appelle ...
WELCOME
murakaza neza | welcome | bienvenue
NICE TO MEET YOU
nishimiye guhura nawe | nice to meet you | ravi de vous rencontrer
GOODBYE
muraho | goodbye | au revoir
DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH?
uvuga icyongereza? | do you speak english? | parlez vous anglais?

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EMERGENCY CONTACTS

Kinyarwanda | English | French
Official Language(s) spoken in Rwanda
The emergency service numbers within Rwanda to call during an emergency
  • AMBULANCE - when someone is seriously ill or injured, and their life is at risk (emergency medical services and technical rescue)
  • POLICE - when you feel in danger, are in dangerous situations or have witnessed a crime (law enforcement, criminal investigation, and maintenance of public order)
  • FIRE RESCUE - when a fire occurs or where a person needs rescue (fire suppression, technical rescue, and hazardous materials mitigation)


Ambulance
AMBULANCE
imbangukiragutabara (kinyarwanda) | ambulance (english) | ambulance (french)

dial
112

Call Ambulance Service Now

Police
POLICE
polisi (kinyarwanda) | police (english) | police (french)

dial
112

Call Police Now

Fire
FIRE
kwatsa (kinyarwanda) | fire (english) | feu (french)

dial
912

Call Fire Service Now


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  USEFUL PHRASES | EMERGENCY

Common phrases and terms in the local language(s)
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EMERGENCY
byihutirwa | emergency | urgence
HELP ME
mfasha | help me | aidez moi
WHERE IS THE NEAREST HOSPITAL?
ibitaro byegereye he? | where is the nearest hospital? | où est l'hôpital le plus proche?
STOP
hagarara | stop | arrêtez
WHERE IS THE NEAREST PHARMACY?
farumasi yegereye he? | where is the nearest pharmacy? | où est la pharmacie la plus proche?
HOSPITAL
ibitaro | hospital | hôpital
WHERE IS THE POLICE STATION?
sitasiyo ya polisi irihe? | where is the police station? | ou est la station de police?
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USEFUL INFORMATION

TELEPHONE DIALLING CODE

250

INTERNET SUFFIX

.rw

LANGUAGES

Kinyarwanda, English, French

CURRENCY

NAME:
Rwanda Franc
SYM:
RF
DIVISION:
100 centimes [*]

ELECTRICITY

VOLTS:
230
HERTZ:
50

ELECTRICAL PLUGS

NUMBER OF PLUG TYPES:
4
PLUGS USED:
Electricity Plug C Electricity Plug E Electricity Plug F Electricity Plug G

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CLIMATE

Kigali

Weather information

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MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
The average monthly temperatures are based on the recorded daily highs and lows for the given location
HIGH
The daily high temperatures are an average, based on the recorded high temperatures over many years
01| JAN
18.2°C | 64.7°F
02| FEB
18.1°C | 64.6°F
03| MAR
17.2°C | 62.9°F
04| APR
14.8°C | 58.6°F
05| MAY
13.4°C | 56.1°F
06| JUN
11.3°C | 52.4°F
07| JUL
10.5°C | 50.9°F
08| AUG
11.1°C | 52.0°F
09| SEP
12.1°C | 53.8°F
10| OCT
12.8°C | 55.1°F
11| NOV
14.2°C | 57.6°F
12| DEC
16.4°C | 61.5°F
LOW
The daily low temperatures are an average, based on the recorded lowest temperatures over many years
01| JAN
11.8°C | 53.3°F
02| FEB
11.6°C | 52.8°F
03| MAR
11.3°C | 52.4°F
04| APR
9.6°C | 49.2°F
05| MAY
8.3°C | 46.9°F
06| JUN
6.3°C | 43.4°F
07| JUL
5.7°C | 42.2°F
08| AUG
6.2°C | 43.2°F
09| SEP
6.8°C | 44.3°F
10| OCT
7.2°C | 44.9°F
11| NOV
8.1°C | 46.5°F
12| DEC
10.1°C | 50.1°F
SEASONS
Saisons (fr) | Jahreszeiten (de) | Estaciones (es) | Stagioni (it) | Seizoen (du) | Estação (pt)
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Dry SeasonDRY
Saison humide / Saison des pluies (fr) | Regenzeit (de) | Estación lluviosa / Húmeda (es) | Stagione delle piogge (it) | Regentijd (du) | Estação Molhada / Estação Chuvosa (pt)
December-February, June-September
Wet SeasonWET
Saison sèche (fr) | Trockenzeit (de) | Estación seca (es) | Stagione Asciutta (it) | Droge tijd (du) | Estação Seca (pt)
March-May, October-November
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  USEFUL PHRASES | INSTRUCTIONS

Common phrases and terms in the local language(s)
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INSTRUCTIONS
YES
yego | yes | oui
EXCUSE ME
mbabarira | excuse me | excusez-moi
NO
oya | no | non
PLEASE
nyamuneka | please | s'il vous plaît
NO, THANK YOU
oya, urakoze | no, thank you | non, merci
SORRY
mumbabarire | sorry | pardon
MAYBE
birashoboka | maybe | peut être
THANK YOU
murakoze | thank you | je vous remercie

TIMEZONE

LAST UPDATED:  May 24,2024

TIMEZONE

UTC+2 (Africa/Kigali)

DST APPLIES

No

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TRAVEL RELATED

AIRPORT STATISTICS

TOTAL NUMBER OF AIRPORTS

5
TOTAL NUMBER OF HELIPORTS

0
TOTAL NUMBER OF SEAPLANE BASES

0

DRIVING

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DRIVE ON WHICH SIDE
Right
INTERNATIONAL DRIVING LICENCE REQUIRED
Required
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  USEFUL PHRASES | DIRECTIONS & GUIDANCE

Common phrases and terms in the local language(s)
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DIRECTIONS AND GUIDANCE
icyerekezo n'ubuyobozi | directions and guidance | directions et conseils
HOW DO I GET THERE?
nigute nagerayo? | how do i get there? | comment puis-je y arriver?
HOW MUCH IS THAT?
ni bangahe? | how much is that? | combien cela coûte-t-il?
HOW FAR IS IT?
ni he? | how far is it? | a quelle distance est-ce?
DO YOU ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS?
uremera amakarita y'inguzanyo? | do you accept credit cards? | acceptez-vous les cartes de crédit?
WHERE IS THE BATHROOM?
ubwiherero buri he? | where is the bathroom? | où se trouvent les toilettes?
I'M NOT INTERESTED
ntabwo nshimishijwe | i'm not interested | ça ne m'intéresse pas
WHERE IS THE CLOSEST RESTAURANT?
restaurant yegereye he? | where is the closest restaurant? | où est le restaurant le plus proche?
I DON'T UNDERSTAND
sinumva | i don't understand | je ne comprends pas
HOW MUCH DO I OWE YOU?
ndagufitiye angahe? | how much do i owe you? | combien je te dois?

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Lesbian
lesbian (kinyarwanda) | lesbian (english) | lesbienne (french)
Gay Flag
Gay
abaryamana bahuje ibitsina (kinyarwanda) | gay (english) | gay (french)
Bisexual Flag
Bisexual
ibitsina byombi (kinyarwanda) | bisexual (english) | bisexuel (french)
Transgender Flag
Transgender
transgender (kinyarwanda) | transgender (english) | transgenres (french)
Intersex Flag
Intersex
intersex (kinyarwanda) | intersex (english) | intersexe (french)
Asexual Flag
Asexual
badahuje igitsina (kinyarwanda) | asexual (english) | asexué (french)
Questioning Flag
Questioning
kubaza (kinyarwanda) | questioning (english) | interrogatoire (french)
Community Flag
Community
umuryango (kinyarwanda) | community (english) | communauté (french)
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Gender
uburinganire (kinyarwanda) | gender related (english) | lié au genre (french)
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Sexuality
igitsina (kinyarwanda) | sexuality related (english) | relatif à la sexualité (french)
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Non-Binary
non-binary (kinyarwanda) | non-binary (english) | non binaire (french)
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Queer
queer (kinyarwanda) | queer (english) | queer (french)
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