|Name||Republic of Uganda |
Jamhuri ya Uganda
|Motto||For God and My Country|
|Anthem||"Oh Uganda, Land of Beauty"|
|Official languages||English, Swahili|
|Vernacular languages||Luganda, Luo, Runyankore, Runyoro, Ateso, Lumasaba, Lusoga, Lunyole, Samia|
|Prime Minister||Amama Mbabazi|
|from the United Kingdom||9 October 1962|
|Total Area||91136 sq mi (236042.2 km2) (81st)|
|Population Est.||32,369,558 (37th)|
|Population census||24227297 (2002)|
|Density (pop.)||137.1/km2 (80th) (355.2/sq mi)|
|GDP PPP||$42.194 billion (2010)|
|GDP (PPP) per capita||$1,226|
|GDP (nominal)||$17.703 billion (2010)|
|GDP (nominal) per capita||$514|
|Gini||43 (1998) (medium)|
|HDI||(+) 0.422 (2010) (low) (143rd)|
|Currency||Ugandan shilling (UGX)|
|Time zone||EAT (UTC+3)|
| - Summer (DST)||not observed (UTC+3)|
|Drives on the||left|
|Calling code||+2561|| |
Uganda (c-eniconjuːˈɡændə or c-enjuːˈɡɑːndə ), officially the Republic of Uganda, is a landlocked country in East Africa. Uganda is also known as the "Pearl of Africa". It is bordered on the east by Kenya, on the north by South 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 on 9 October 1962.
The official languages are English and Swahili, although multiple other languages are spoken in the country.