Flag Coat of arms
Motto: "For God and My Country"
Anthem: Oh Uganda, Land of Beauty
(and largest city) Kampala
Official language(s) English, Swahili
Vernacular languages Luganda, Luo, Runyankore, Ateso, Lusoga, Lunyole,
Government Democratic Republic
- President Yoweri Museveni
- Vice President Gilbert Bukenya
- Prime Minister Apolo Nsibambi
Independence from the United Kingdom
- Republic October 9, 1962
- Total 236,040 km2 (81st)
91,136 sq mi
- Water (%) 15.39
- 2009 estimate 32,369,558 (37th)
- 2002 census 24,227,297
- Density 137.1/km2 (80th)
GDP (PPP) 2009 estimate
- Total $39.686 billion
- Per capita $1,195
GDP (nominal) 2009 estimate
- Total $15.736 billion
- Per capita $474
Gini (1998) 43 (medium)
HDI (2008) ? 0.514 (medium) (157th)
Currency Ugandan shilling (UGX)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
- Summer (DST) not observed (UTC+3)
Drives on the left
Internet TLD .ug
Calling code +2561
1 006 from Kenya and Tanzania.
Coordinates: 1°17'N 32°23'E? / ?1.28°N 32.39°E? / 1.28; 32.39
The Republic of Uganda (pronounced /ju?'gænd?/ yoo-GAN-d? or /ju?'g??nd?/ yoo-GAHN-d?) is a landlocked country in East Africa. It is bordered on the east by Kenya, on the north by Sudan, on the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on the southwest by Rwanda, and on the south by Tanzania. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, which is also bordered by Kenya and Tanzania.
Uganda takes its name from the Buganda kingdom, which encompassed a portion of the south of the country including the capital Kampala.
The people of Uganda were hunter-gatherers until 1,700 to 2,300 years ago, when Bantu-speaking populations migrated to the southern parts of the country. Uganda gained independence from Britain in 1962.
The official languages are English and Swahili although multiple other languages are spoken in the country.
It is a member of the African Union, the Commonwealth of Nations, Organisation of the Islamic Conference and East African Community.