Uganda Facts: 56 Important Facts About Uganda

Last updated on July 8th, 2017 at 10:33 am

47. Uganda has been ranked at the number one tourist spot for the year 2012 by Lonely Planet, a travel website and a premium travel media publisher in the world.

48. CNN listed Uganda among the top 16 holiday destinations for 2016.

49. Uganda is the world’s second most populous landlocked country after Ethiopia.

50. A UN secretary for humanitarian affairs declared the war in the northern Uganda as the “largest neglected humanitarian emergency in the world”.

51. Uganda is a cash-based economy as the infrastructure in the country is not developed to support cashless transactions as in the other developing and developed countries.

52. In 2014, the country’s first female-only gym was inaugurated in Uganda by 25-year-old Mildred Apenyo.

53. Did you know that Uganda hosts more refugees than any other country in Africa? There are more than 21 million refugees in the world and 86% of them have found shelter in developing nations (nations that are themselves struggling to provide basic necessities to their people).

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54. Margherita Peak on Mount Stanley is the highest peak of Uganda. Mount Stanley (5,109m) is also the third highest mountain is Africa after Kilimanjaro (5,895m).

55. Lake Albert is the lowest point in Uganda at 621m.

56. It is estimated that Ugandans drink 11.93 liters of alcohol per person per year, making it the second top country in Africa for that matter. Nigeria is at the number one spot on this list with an average alcohol consumption of 12.28 liters per person per year.

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Uganda Country Profile

Independence9 October 1962 (from the UK)
Capital CityKampala
(0.3476° N, 32.5825° E)
Largest CityKampala
(0.3476° N, 32.5825° E)
Total area241,038 sq km
Population38,319,241 (July 2016 est.)
Suffrage18 years of age; universal
Official LanguageEnglish, Swahili
BordersKenya, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania
CurrencyUgandan shilling (UGX)
ReligionProtestant 45.1% (Anglican 32.0%, Pentecostal/Born Again/Evangelical 11.1%, Seventh Day Adventist 1.7%, Baptist .3%), Roman Catholic 39.3%, Muslim 13.7%, other 1.6%, none 0.2% (2014 est.)
Life expectancy55.4 years (2016)
Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
Climatetropical; generally rainy with two dry seasons (December to February, June to August); semiarid in northeast
Terrainmostly plateau with rim of mountains
Natural resourcescopper, cobalt, hydropower, limestone, salt, arable land, gold
Agricultural land71.2%
Government typepresidential republic
PresidentYoweri Museveni
Vice PresidentEdward Kiwanuka Ssekandi
Birth rate43.4 births/1,000 population (2016 est.)
Death rate10.4 deaths/1,000 population (2016 est.)
Sex ratio0.99 male(s)/female (2016 est.)
National symbolgrey crowned crane
National colorsblack, yellow, red
National anthem"Oh Uganda, Land of Beauty!"
Industriessugar, brewing, tobacco, cotton textiles; cement, steel production
Exports$2.723 billion (2016 est.)
coffee, fish and fish products, tea, cotton, flowers, horticultural products; gold
Imports$4.677 billion (2016 est.)
capital equipment, vehicles, petroleum, medical supplies; cereals
GDP - per capita (PPP)$2,100 (2016 est.)
Time ZoneEAT (UTC+3)
Internet country
Calling Code+256
Drives on theLeft
Data sourcesCIA, Wikipedia
Table last updatedJune 28, 2017