From Simple English Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Butare City
Butare City
Butare City
Butare City is located in Rwanda
Butare City
Butare City
Location in Rwanda
Coordinates: 2°36′S 29°45′E / 2.600°S 29.750°E / -2.600; 29.750
Country Rwanda
Admin. divisionSouthern Province
 (2022 census)[1]
 • Total75,000

Butare, also known as Huye, is a city in the Southern Province of Rwanda. It is the capital of Huye District. As of the 2022 census, 75,000 people lived there.

The National University of Rwanda and Butare Airport are in Butare.

History[change | change source]

Butare was founded by the Belgian colonial rulers in the 1920s under the name Astrida, in honor of Queen Astrid of the Belgians.[2] The government of Rwanda changed the name of the city when it gained independence in 1962.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Rwanda: Provinces, Cities & Urban Localities - Population Statistics, Maps, Charts, Weather and Web Information". www.citypopulation.de. Retrieved 2021-01-14.
  2. "Butare, a university town". National University of Rwanda. Archived from the original on January 22, 2001.
  3. Britannica, Butare, britannica.com, USA, accessed on June 30, 2019