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Rwanda is a landlocked country in central Africa. It has land borders with Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, and Uganda. The country is in the great lakes region, and for the most part at a relatively high elevation, and thus has a temperate climate despite being almost on the equator.
As of 2009, the population of the country was estimated to be around 10.7 million. Of those, it is believed that just under 1 million people lived in the country's capital and largest city, Kigali.
In 1994, a campaign of genocide inspired by the then-ruling government of the country led to the deaths of 800,000 people and extensive damage to the country's economy and infrastructure. Because of civil war, the country's GDP declined in three of the five years preceding the genocide, and by more than 40% during 1994, the year of the genocide.
Since 1994, Rwanda's economy has been growing. The country is increasingly popular as a tourist destination because of its abundant wildlife, including mountain gorillas. Nevertheless, semi-subsistence agriculture remains the backbone of the economy (39.4% of GDP in 2006). There are also a number manufacturing enterprises in the country, although these tend to be focused around import substitution, such as building materials (cement and plastic pipe), mattresses, and alcoholic and soft drinks.
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