National arms of Rwanda

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Civic heraldry of Rwanda



Official blazon


Rwanda never used proper arms, but only state symbols. The present symbol is adopted in 2001.

The symbol combines different elements that together should symbolise the unity of the country.

The symbol replaced the symbol adopted in 1964, see image below.


The symbol shows different weapons in a triangular shield, surrounded by the (then) national flag and the motto 'Liberté, Cooperation, Progrès' or Freedom, Co-operation, Progress.


The arms on a coin from 1970

For the colonial arms, see Ruanda-Urundi

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