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Republic of Uganda

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Background:
Uganda achieved independence from the UK 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 another 100,000 lives. During the 1990s the government promulgated non-party presidential and legislative elections.
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)

border countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania
related countries: United Kingdom
 
where in Africa is Uganda?

Official Name:
Republic of Uganda
conventional short form: Uganda
Uganda: Swahili for 'Land of the Ganda'

ISO Country Code: ug

Actual Time: Wed-July-23  21:03
Local Time = UTC +3h

Country Calling Code: +256

Capital City: Kampala (pop. 1.2 million)

Other Cities:
Entebbe, Jinja, Lira, Mbale, Mbarara

Government:
Type: No-party "Movement" system.
Constitution: The new Constitution was ratified on 12 July 1995, and promulgated on 8 October 1995.
The Constitution Of The Republic Of Uganda


Geography:
Location: Eastern Africa, west of Kenya.
Area: 241,000 km² (93,000 sq. mi.)
Terrain: 18% inland water and swamp; 12% national parks, forest, and game reserves; 70% forest, woodland, grassland.

Climate:
In the northeast, semi-arid--rainfall less than 50 cm. (20 in.); in southwest, rainfall 130 cm. (50 in.) or more. Two dry seasons: Dec.-Feb. and June-July.

People:
Nationality: Ugandan(s).
Population: 33 million (2011).
Ethnic groups: African 99%, European, Asian, Arab 1%.
Religions: Christian 66%, Muslim 16%, traditional and other 18%.
Languages: English (official); Luganda and Swahili widely used; other Bantu and Nilotic languages.
Literacy: 62%.

Natural resources: Copper, cobalt, limestone.
Agriculture products: Coffee, tea, cotton, tobacco, cassava (tapioca), potatoes, corn, millet, pulses; beef, goat meat, milk, poultry, cut flowers.

Industries: Sugar, brewing, tobacco, cotton textiles, cement.

Exports partners: Kenya 14.7%, Switzerland 13.7%, Netherlands 9.2%, UK 6.4%, South Africa 5.6% (2003)

Imports partners: Kenya 26%, India 7.4%, South Africa 7.2%, Japan 6.6%, UK 6.3%, UAE 5.8%, USA 5.7%, China 5.1% (2003)


Currency: Uganda Shilling (UGX)


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Official Sites of Uganda

The State House
The Official Statehouse Website with Uganda's Presidency.

Parliament of the Republic of Uganda
Official site of Uganda's parliament.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Official site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uganda.

Diplomatic Missions
Embassy of Uganda in the U.S.
Washington D.C.
Uganda Diplomatic Missions Abroad
List of Ugandas missions worldwide.
Missions in Uganda
List of foreign missions in Uganda.

East African Community (EAC)
Uganda is a meber state of EAC a regional intergovernmental organization.


Statistics
Uganda Bureau of Statistics - UBOS
The central statistical office of Uganda.



Maps
Map of Uganda
Political Map of Uganda.
Administrative Map of Uganda
Map showing the administrative regions and districts of Uganda.
Google Earth Google Earth Uganda
Searchable map/satellite view of Uganda.
Google Earth Google Earth Kampala
Searchable map/satellite view of Uganda's capital city.

Political Map of Africa
The 54 countries of Africa.
Map of Africa
A Relief Map of Africa.

News

The Monitor
Uganda independent national news.
The New Vision
Kampala based online news from Uganda.
Procurement News
The East African Procurement News.

Radio Simba
Ugandan Radiostation with recent news on its homepage.
 

 

Arts & Culture

Keitetsi, China
Child Soldier in Uganda, author of the book: Child Soldier: Fighting for My Life.
Kibuuka.com
David Kibuuka, contemporary Ugandan Artist.
Nommo Gallery
Contemporary Ugandan visual artists online.
Samite of Uganda
Homepage of Samite, the international renowned Ugandan musical artist.

International Omweso Society
Omweso is an ancient mancala game played in Uganda.
 
 

Business & Economy

Bank of Uganda
Uganda's national bank.

Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UNCCI)
Uganda Investment Authority
The UIA web site offering updates on the investment climate and business opportunities in Uganda.

Transportation
Great Lakes Airways
Ugandan cargo airline.
 
 

Country Guides

Discover Uganda

Tourism in Uganda
Tourism and travel in Uganda.

Buganda
A guide to the south-central region of Uganda.

EnterUganda
Comprehensive Uganda portal and directory.

Uganda Travel Planner
This Travel Planner has been written for the free-spirited traveller and for those merely seeking information on available tourism services in Uganda.

Hotels
new  Uganda Hotels
Uganda hotels and lodges listing and booking. Hundreds of accommodation options in all cities.
 

Travel and Tour Consumer Information


Education

Makerere University
Commonly referred to as the Ivory Tower, Ugandas' premier institution of learning, Kampala.
Uganda Martyrs University
A Catholic university at Nkozi.
 
 

Environment

Uganda Wildlife Authority
A site about Uganda's National Parks and Wildlife Reserves.

Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project
Objective of the Project is to restore a healthy, varied lake ecosystem.

 
 

History

Uganda's History
Comprehensive history of Uganda.

Internal Displacement Crisis in Uganda
Article about one of the world's biggest neglected humanitarian crisis, the conflict in northern Uganda by Global IDP.
 
 

Search

EnterUganda
Comprehensive Uganda portal and directory.
MyUganda
Uganda related portal.
Uganda Online
Uganda Online Website Directory.

Additional Information on Uganda

afrika.no - Index on Africa: Uganda
Africa South of Sahara (Karen Fung) Uganda
African Studies Uganda
Background Notes: Uganda
Governments on the WWW: Uganda
Mbendi - Uganda Country Profile
Open Directory Project: Uganda
Radio Rhino International-Africa
ShortWave Radio: A voice for freedom, liberty, democracy & an equally developed Africa.
Ugandaid
Humanitarian Information Network Uganda. Ugandaid is intended as a central depository for information that is both derived from and intended for agencies involved in humanitarian, transitional and development activities.
Wikipedia: Uganda
The World Factbook -- Uganda
 
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