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Territory in east central Africa, ruled since 1962 by the Repubulika y'u Rwanda

Rwanda, officially the Republic of Rwanda (Kinyarwanda: Repubulika y'u Rwanda; French: République du Rwanda), is a country in central and eastern Africa and one of the smallest countries on the African mainland. Located a few degrees south of the Equator, Rwanda is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Rwanda is in the African Great Lakes region and is highly elevated; its geography is dominated by mountains in the west and savanna to the east, with numerous lakes throughout the country. The climate is temperate to subtropical, with two rainy seasons and two dry seasons each year.

Geographical type: Territory

Latitude: 1.94° S — Longitude: 29.87° E

Area: 26,338 km²

ISO 3166-2 code: RW

Measures of Freedom

Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2021
2019: 6.36, Rank: 120, Personal Freedom: 5.65, Economic Freedom: 7.35
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 7.38, Rank: 49
Rwanda | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Not Free, Aggregate Score: 24, Political Rights: 6, Civil Liberties: 6
In December 2015, a slate of constitutional amendments that, among other provisions, would allow current president Paul Kagame to run for three additional terms was approved in a constitutional referendum. Parliament had passed the amendments in the fall, citing overwhelming public support for the proposal and 3.7 million signatures calling for Kagame to stay in office, although reports circulated of citizens being pressured to sign the petition.

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Rwanda" as of 1 Oct 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.