UGANDA

Information about travelling to Uganda

Uganda is located in Eastern Africa, west of Kenya

Facts about Uganda
Population31,367,972 note: es
CapitalKampala
Time zoneUTC+3 (8 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Location Eastern Africa, west of Kenya

General info about Uganda
The colonial boundaries created by Britain to delimit Uganda grouped together a wide range of ethnic groups with different political systems and cultures. These differences prevented the establishment of a working political community after independence was achieved in 1962. The dictatorial regime of Idi AMIN (1971-79) was responsible for the deaths of some 300,000 opponents; guerrilla war and human rights abuses under Milton OBOTE (1980-85) claimed at least another 100,000 lives. The rule of Yoweri MUSEVENI since 1986 has brought relative stability and economic growth to Uganda. During the 1990s, the government promulgated non-party presidential and legislative elections.
Disease threats
degree of risk: very high food or waterborne diseases: bacterial diarrhea, hepatitis A, and ty
Languages spoken
English (official national language, taught in grade schools, used in courts of law and by most newspapers and some radio broadcasts), Ganda or Luganda (most widely used of the Niger-Congo languages, preferred for native language publications in the capit
Ethnic division
Baganda 16.9%, Banyakole 9.5%, Basoga 8.4%, Bakiga 6.9%, Iteso 6.4%, Langi 6.1%, Acholi 4.7%, Bagisu 4.6%, Lugbara 4.2%, Bunyoro 2.7%, other 29.6% (2002 census)
HIV/AIDS prevalence rate
4.1% (2003 est.)
Climate
tropical; generally rainy with two dry seasons (December to February, June to August); semiarid in northeast
Resources
copper, cobalt, hydropower, limestone, salt, arable land
Economy
Uganda has substantial natural resources, including fertile soils, regular rainfall, and sizable mineral deposits of copper, cobalt, gold, and other minerals. Agriculture is the most important sector of the economy, employing over 80% of the work force. Coffee accounts for the bulk of export revenues. Since 1986, the government - with the support of foreign countries and international agencies - has acted to rehabilitate and stabilize the economy by undertaking currency reform, raising producer prices on export crops, increasing prices of petroleum products, and improving civil service wages. The policy changes are especially aimed at dampening inflation and boosting production and export earnings. During 1990-2001, the economy turned in a solid performance based on continued investment in the rehabilitation of infrastructure, improved incentives for production and exports, reduced inflation, gradually improved domestic security, and the return of exiled Indian-Ugandan entrepreneurs. Growth continues to be solid, despite variability in the price of coffee, Uganda's principal export, and a consistent upturn in Uganda's export markets. In 2000, Uganda qualified for enhanced Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) debt relief worth $1.3 billion and Paris Club debt relief worth $145 million. These amounts combined with the original HIPC debt relief added up to about $2 billion.
Environment
draining of wetlands for agricultural use; deforestation; overgrazing; soil erosion; water hyacinth infestation in Lake Victoria; widespread poaching

Cities in Uganda

adjumani     amudat     apac     arua     bombo     bugembe     bugiri     bundibugyo     busembatia     bushenyi     busia     buwenge     bweyogerere     entebbe     fort portal     gulu     hima     hoima     ibanda     iganga     jinja     kaabong     kabale     kaberamaido     kagadi     kajansi     kalangala     kampala     kamuli     kamwenge     kanungu     kapchorwa     kasese     katakwi     kayunga     kiboga     kigorobya     kilembe     kireka     kisoro     kitgum     koboko     kotido     kumi     kyenjojo     kyotera     lira     lugazi     lukaya     luwero     lyantonde     masaka     masindi     mayuge     mbale     mbarara     mityana     moroto     moyo     mpigi     mubende     muhororo     mukono     nakapiripirit     nakasongola     namasuba     nebbi     ngora     njeru     ntungamo     paidha     pakwach     pallisa     rakai     sembabule     sironko     soroti     tororo     wakiso     wobulenzi     yumbe    


Airports in Uganda
EntebbeEBB
JinjaJIN
MasindiKCU
Off-line PtKLA
KaseseKSE
MbararaMBQ
MoyoOYG
PakubaPAF
AruaRUA
SorotiSRT
TororoTRY
GuluULU


Beer in Uganda (0.33l)
Jinja~ 0.6 EUR
Kampala~ 0.4 EUR

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