Uganda, officially theΒ Republic of Uganda, is a country in East Africa. The landlocked country borders Kenya to the east and South Sudan to the north. TheΒ Democratic Republic of the Congo borders Uganda to the west, and Rwanda borders it to the south-west. Tanzania borders Uganda to the south.

Country Profile

Official NameContinentSubregionCapital CityPopulationWorld Population %Land Area (kmΒ²)CurrencyCurrency Symbol
The Republic of UgandaAfricaEastern AfricaKampala48,582,3340.60%197,100Ugandan shillingSh or Shs (pl.)

The country lies within the African Great Lakes region; Lake Victoria covers a large portion of Uganda’s southern region and parts of neighboring Kenya and Tanzania. Mount Stanley, with an elevation of 5,109 meters, is the highest mountain in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The mountain is located in the Rwenzori range, which is on the border between the two countries.

Kampala is the capital of Uganda and the country’s largest city. It became Uganda’s capital in 1962 when the country gained independence from the United Kingdom; Uganda had been a British protectorate since 1894. Unlike British colonies (such as Kenya), Uganda’s protectorate status meant Uganda was partially self-governed during this period. After gaining independence, Uganda kept Queen Elizabeth II as head of state, although the country became a republic the following year.

Uganda is a presidential republic with a president who serves as head of state and a prime minister who serves as head of government. Between 1986 and 2006, political parties were banned, although the country now uses a multi-party system.

Most of Uganda has a tropical climate with two rainy seasons lasting from March to May and September to December. However, the northern region is outside the tropical belt and only experiences one wet season (from March to October).

Uganda: Stats and Facts

Official LanguagesMain ReligionNational AnthemISO alpha-2ISO alpha-3Internet country domains (TLDs)Dialling CodeCoastline Length (km)Geographic coordinates (center point of country)Number of Time ZonesTime Zone(s)Daylight Savings Time?Driving SideGDP (PPP)GDP per capita (PPP)GDP (nominal)GDP per capita (nominal)
Oh Uganda, Land of Beauty (landlocked)1 00 N, 32 00 E1UTC +03:00Not observedleft$156,955,000,000$3,383$57,898,000,000$1,248