Uganda is an East African country. Crossed by the equator, it is located next to Lake Vitória and has an area of 28 195 754 km2. Uganda borders Tanzania and Rwanda to the south, the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west, Sudan to the north and Kenya to the east. The main cities are Kampala, the capital, with 1 280 300 residents (2004), Gulu (119 900 residents), Jinja (91 700 residents) And Mbale (74 600 residents).
Much of the country is located on the Central Plateau of Africa, characterized by the existence of numerous very deep and elongated valleys, some volcanic cones and lakes. The entire relief of the country is related to the tectonic characteristics of the African Great Lakes region, an area of the globe crossed by a huge rift, which reaches the Middle East. The drainage of the country is done through the lakes Vitória, Alberto and Kyoga.
Uganda has a high altitude tropical climate.
Agriculture employs four-fifths of the labor force and is the basis of the Ugandan economy. It produces coffee, tobacco, tea, cotton and sugar. The industry is limited to the transformation of some agricultural raw materials and the production of soap, footwear and cement. Uganda’s main trading partners are the United Kingdom, Kenya, Belgium and Japan. Environmental indicator: the value of carbon dioxide emissions, per capita (metric tons, 1999), is 0.1.
The population was, in 2006, 28 195 754 residents. The birth and death rates are, respectively, 47.35% and 12.24%. Average life expectancy is 52.67 years. The value of the Human Development Index (HDI) is 0.489 and the value of the Gender-adjusted Development Index (IDG) is 0.483 (2001). It is estimated that, in 2025, the population will be 48,021,000 residents. Several peoples converged on Uganda. There are about 40 ethnic groups that belong to three major linguistic groups, Bantu, Nilotic and Nilo-Hamitic. The main ethnic groups are Gandas (18%), Tesos (9%), Nkoles (8%), Sogas (8%), Gisus (7%), Chigas (7%), Langos (6 %) and Ruandas (6%). The most important religions are Catholic (39%), Protestant (26%), traditional beliefs (19%) and Muslim (15%). English and Swahili are the official languages but Luganda is the most widely spoken.
Uganda was discovered in 1862 by the English explorer, JH Speke. He was a British protectorate between 1894 and 1962. He became independent on October 9, 1962, but after that date this country no longer experienced political stability and its economic and social development has suffered serious disturbances due to violence of political origin or tribal. For Uganda democracy and rights, please check getzipcodes.
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1UpTravel.com – Maps of Uganda
Browse a collection of maps of this Eastern African country, west of Kenya. Check out the shaded relief map of Uganda.
Uganda – Graphic Maps
Reveals the cities, rivers, and high and low lands of the African nation. See the facts and figures section for population statistics.
Uganda – InfoPlease.com Map
Features a close-up, concise political map of the country, with key populated areas and natural features indicated.
Uganda – Merriam-Webster Atlas
Detailed color map of this African country also includes country facts, illustration of the nation’s flag, and a historical summary.
Uganda – National Geographic Map Machine
Winston Churchill called this nation the pearl of Africa. See a topographical map and find out what crops are grown there.