Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Rwanda, Kigali Cost of Living April 2010

Country Full Name: Republic of Rwanda.

Location: Rwanda is in Central Africa, east of Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Country Climate: Temperate; two rainy seasons (February to April, November to January); mild in mountains with frost and snow possible.

Country Terrain: Mostly grassy uplands and hills; relief is mountainous with altitude declining from west to east.

Major Languages: Kinyarwanda (official), French (official), English (official), Swahili.

Major Religions: Christianity, indigenous beliefs.

Country Population: 9.6 million (2008 est.) 9.8 million (2009 est.).

Country Economy: The economy of Rwanda is primarily rural with about 90% of the population engaged in agriculture with few natural resources and minimal industry. Primary exports are coffee and tea.

Currency: Rwandan Franc (RWF).

Country Inflation: 15.4% (2008 est.) 11.5% (2009 est.).

City: Kigali is the capital and largest city of Rwanda.

City Economy: Kigali is the economic, cultural, and transport hub of Rwanda.
Cost of Living: Kigali has an overall cost of living index which equates it with middle cost of living locations. The overall cost of living index is comprised of the prices for defined quantities of the same goods and services across all 13 Basket Groups. Kigali is currently ranked 166 overall, most expensive place in the world for expatriates to live, out of 282 international locations.

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