The nationals of Rwanda are known as the Rwandese. The 2011 census revealed a population of 10.7 million people with a population growth rate of 3%. The population is predominantly Christian covering 96.9%, Muslims covering 1.3%, traditional African covering 0.1% and others covering 0.9%.
Most Rwandese are agriculturalists covering and are employed in the agricultural sector covering 89% while the rest are employed in the industrial, commercial, service and government sectors covering 15%. The Rwandese have a low life expectancy at 49.8 years average. The population is basically made of young people.
The Rwandan tradition is currently demonstrated through culture and dance. A traditional musical performance will be accompanied by a harp like lulunga, a drum orchestra with exciting rhythms and harmonious tunes. The Intore dance group which means ‘the chosen ones’ once performed exclusively for the royal court. However, presently a presentation can be quickly arranged through the national museum in Butare.
The Rwandese produce traditional handicrafts ranging from traditional wood carvings, ceramics and contemporary paintings. These artifacts are put up for sale at the local markets, tourist sites and hotels.
Kinyarwanda is commonly spoken countrywide by almost all nationals with English and French being the official languages.