Country Overview

Uganda takes its name from the Buganda kingdom, which encompasses a large portion of the south of the country, including the capital Kampala. It is located in the African Great Lakes region, within the Nile basin. 

General Information:

Capital: Kampala

Language: English (official language, taught in schools, used in courts of law and by most newspapers and some radio broadcasts), Ganda or Luganda, other Niger-Congo languages, Nilo-Saharan languages, Swahili (official), Arabic

English is taught in schools and used in courts of law, whilst Luganda is the language used most often in the capital. 


Religion: Protestant 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.)

Currency: Ugandan Shilling 

Cryptocurrency: The government of Uganda does not recognise any crypto-currency as legal tender in Uganda, however users can now buy Bitcoin and Ethereum with Ugandan shillings.

GMT:  (+) 3

For 20 years the insurgency of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), led by Joseph Kony, produced great suffering in Northern Uganda. Uganda is still recovering from the effects of the insurgency. 

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