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Rwanda is a small landlocked country in the Great Lakes region of east-central Africa, bordered by Uganda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania.

Rwanda’s agriculture is coffee, tea, pyrethrum (insecticide made from chrysanthemums), bananas, beans, sorghum, potatoes and livestock.

This small country is located near the center of Africa, a few degrees south of the Equator.

In Rwanda they speak Kinyarwanda, French, English and Kiswahili.

The transport system in Rwanda centres primarily on the road network, with paved roads between the capital, Kigali and most other major cities and towns in the country. Rwanda is also linked by road to other countries in Africa. This is an important trade route.

There are various religions in Rwanda such as Roman Catholic, Protestant, Adventist and Muslim.

It is considered disrespectful to call adults by their name (either first name or surname). This is because a great deal of importance is attached to names and you have to earn the right to be told them, especially with older people. The appropriate form of address is 'Mamma' or 'Pappa' for older people, and 'Sister' or 'Brother' for younger people. This comes with its own risk of offence if you call someone 'Mamma' when they think of themselves as a 'Sister'!  There are also a lot of nuns, which confuses things even further.

The flag of Rwanda was officially adopted on October 25, 2001. The present flag replaced the one, which was in use since a local artist, Alphonse Kirimbenecyo, designed 1961.The current flag of Rwanda. The yellow and green stripes are of equal length while the blue stripe is double the size of those stripes. The blue stripe is symbolic of happiness and peace. Yellow stands for the country's mineral wealth and economic development. The green stripe represents the natural resources and prosperity of the country. The sun and its rays in the Rwanda flag represent unity, transparency and enlightenment from ignorance.

Did you know that Fried grasshoppers are a delicacy in Rwanda, but you have to keep the lid on the pan while you are frying them alive, or they tend to jump out?

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