Rwanda is a landlocked country in East Africa. Language is fundamental to Rwandese culture and belief systems. Rwandans mostly speak three primary languages: Kinyarwanda, French, and English. These three languages are also recognized as official. Interactions with other members of the East African community resulted in introduction of the Swahili language into the nation, mostly for trading interests. The country's pre-colonial, colonial, postcolonial, and post-genocide periods affected the adoption and use of these languages.