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11 Things You Didn't Know About Rwanda

If you googled western media outlets to find a list of the cleanest countries or cities in the world, you probably won't find any African country on the list. But did you know that one of the cleanest countries in the world is in Africa? Rwanda!

The Republic of Rwanda is a landlocked country in the Great Rift Valley of Central Africa, where the African Great Lakes region and Southeast Africa converge. Known as the land of a thousand hills, Rwanda’s stunning scenery and warm, friendly people offer unique experiences in one of the most remarkable countries in the world. It is blessed with extraordinary biodiversity, with incredible wildlife living throughout its volcanoes, montane rainforest, and sweeping plains.

See below 11 interesting facts about Rwanda.

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1) Rwanda is called the Heart of Africa

Rwanda is often called the “heart of Africa”, because of its central location on the African continent. It is also known as the “land of a thousand hills”, in reference to its hilly landscape. It is a beautiful and fascinating country with a rich history and culture.

2) Rwanda is one of the cleanest nations on Earth.

Not only has the country employed a decade-long ban on plastic bags and packaging material, but locals take part in a monthly community clean-up called Umuganda. Translating to “coming together in common purpose,” Umuganda was introduced to Rwandan life in 1998 and involves everything from rehabilitating forests and wetlands to building schools and hospitals. While Umuganda is mandatory for Rwandan locals aged 18-35, visitors and ex-pats are encouraged to roll up their sleeves and pitch in on the last Saturday of every month.

3) Community is very important in Rwanda.

Rwandans typically live in close-knit communities, and they work together to support each other. This sense of community is one thing that makes Rwanda such a special place.