Northern Province, Rwanda

Northern Province (Kinyarwanda: Intara y'Amajyaruguru; French: Province du Nord; Dutch: Noordelijke Provincie) is one of Rwanda's five provinces. It was created in early January 2006 as part of a government decentralization program that re-organized the country's local government structures.

Northern Province
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 • GovernorDancilla Nyirarugero
 • Total3,276 km2 (1,265 sq mi)
 (2012 census)
 • Total1,726,370
 • Density530/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Other settlementsRuhengeri
HDI (2018)0.530[1]
low · 3rd of 5

Religion in Northern Province (2012 Census)[citation needed]

  Roman Catholic (56.8%)
  Protestant (28.3%)
  Muslim (0.8%)
  Jehovah Witness (0.5%)
  No Religion (2.5%)
  Other (0.2%)
  Not Stated (1.0%)

Northern Province comprises most of the former provinces of Ruhengeri and Byumba, along with northern portions of Kigali Rural. It is divided into the districts of Burera, Gicumbi, Gakenke, Musanze, and Rulindo.

The capital city of Northern Province is Musanze.

The province's official languages are English, French and Kinyarwanda.

The governor, appointed by presidential decree, is currently Hon. Dancilla Nyirarugero.

The preceding governors of Northern province were Gatabazi Jean Marie Vianney, Claude Musabyimana, Bosenibamwe Aimée, Boniface Rucagu,[2] formerly governor of Ruhengeri Province.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  2. ^ Edward K. Mwesigye, Rwanda: Remembering Vital - Governor Rucagu, The New Times, 15 April 2006. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
  3. ^ Joseph Sebarenzi, God Sleeps in Rwanda: A Journey of Transformation, Simon and Schuster, 2009. ISBN 9781416575733
  4. ^ Who are the new ministers and provincial governors?
  5. ^ Gatabazi becomes local govt minister as Hakuziyaremye moves to Central Bank

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Coordinates: 1°34′5″S 29°54′37″E / 1.56806°S 29.91028°E / -1.56806; 29.91028