Kigali is the capital and largest city of Rwanda. It lies in the center of the country at the Kagera at a height between 1433 m and 1645 m. Kigali is located just south of the equator, due to this situation, the climate is very mild throughout the year. The Kigali Province consists of the three districts Gasabo, Kicukiro and Nyarugenge.


Kigali has 1,168,570 inhabitants ( 2012 calculation ).

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Kigali was founded in 1907 by the former German residents Richard Kandt between the valley of the mountains and Nyabarongo Jali and Kigali. By 1916, Kigali was one of German East Africa before it was placed in 1922 as Ruanda-Urundi territory under Belgian League of Nations mandate.

After the division into the independent states of Rwanda and Burundi in 1962, Kigali was the capital of Rwanda.

The genocide in Rwanda against the Tutsi in 1994, began in Kigali. The city lost while about 100,000 inhabitants, while in very Rwanda about a million people from genocide fell in just 100 days to the victim.


Economic basis are trading in coffee, cattle, and tin ore that is mined in the vicinity as well as the textile, chemical and tin processing industry around Kigali.


The city has the Kigali International Airport an international airport with daily connections via Nairobi and Addis Ababa to Europe and in key African countries. Kigali is located on a highway that connects the city with Burundi to the south and Uganda to the north. The road follows the right-hand traffic.


Kigali is home to a technical college and has several English-language schools and a French-speaking Belgian school.


  • Jean -Paul Libert ( born 1955 ), Belgian racing driver
  • Jimmy Mulisa ( born 1984 ), football player

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