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Uganda is pronounced you·gaan·duh” and and is one of the 10 countries located in East Africa. Uganda got it’s name from the Buganda kingdom. This country gained its independence on October 9, 1962 from England and is known as ‘The Pearl of Africa’. Fun Fact! The capital of Uganda, Kampala has the most motorbikes in any city on the continent of Africa. As of 2014, there are 20,248 Ugandan Americans in the United States. Continue reading below to learn more about the beautiful African country, Uganda.

Uganda African Country Flag

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What Does The Uganda Flag Represent?

  • BLACK: represents the African heritage and the fertile soil of Uganda.
  • YELLOW: represents the glorious sunny days, so characteristic of Uganda.
  • RED: represents the red blood that runs in our veins, forming a common bond to all humankind.
  • THE CRANE: The majestic crested crane (Regulorum gibbericeps) is the National Bird of  Uganda

Where is Uganda located?

Uganda is located in East Africa bordered by Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, DR Congo and South Sudan.

World Data Locator Map, Uganda

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What Timezone is Uganda in?

Uganda is in the East Africa Time time zone. The capital of Uganda, Kampala is 7 hours ahead of the east coast, 8 hours ahead of central standard time and 10 hours ahead of the west coast.

Facts

Facts About Uganda:

  1. Capital: Kampala
  2. Population: 45.85 million
  3. Nationality: Ugandan
  4. Uganda is made up of 4 regions: Central, Western, Eastern, and Northern
  5. Political system: a democratic parliamentary system
  6. National symbol or animal: grey crowned crane
  7. Drinking age: 18
  8. Side of road to drive on: Left (opposite of the USA)

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Languages

What Are The Official Languages of Uganda?

Swahili and English are the official languages of Uganda but more than 4 million Ugandans speak Luganda. Other languages spoken in this country include; Nyoro, Tooro, Runyankole, Rukiga, Lunyole, learn more about these languages here.

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Currency

What is the Currency in Uganda?

Currency: Schings is the currency used in Uganda.

$1 = 3844.27

$20 = 76885.36

$60 = 230656.08

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Entertainment

Checkout the playlist below for a few songs by Ugandan artists.

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Religion

What Are The Religions of Uganda?

Religion: In Uganda the religions practiced are; Catholics (40%), Anglicans (32%) and Moslems (14%). Other religions include; Baha’i, Jehovah’s Witness, Presbyterian, Hindus, Mammon, Jews and Buddhists.

 

Food

What Are The Traditional Foods of Uganda?

Some of the popular dishes are Matoke, Luwombo, Ugali, Nsenene, Nswaa, and Mkate Na Mayai. 

Holidays

What the Holidays Celebrated in Uganda?

The Nile Festival

Independence Day: October 9th

Tourist Attractions

Places to visit in Uganda:

Is Uganda Safe?

When traveling anywhere especially for the first time, you should be vigilant and take all possible precaution measures in order to minimize the risk of getting stolen from, hurt or put in danger.

The Top 3 Places To Live In Uganda:

  • Kampala

  • Entebbe

  • Kira Town

I hope this information has given you more insight into Uganda but there is so much more to learn! Visit their tourism website here to see more.

Also be sure to checkout articles on each of the 54 countries in Africa by clicking here: Countries of Africa

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