Facts About Uganda

Summarized figures  and facts about Uganda

Capital City: Kampala, 5 million inhabitants

Total Area: 236,040 sq km’s.

Area under water: 36,330 sq km’s.

Area (land): 199,710 sq km’s.

Population: 36 million people (estimated current figures)

Population growth rate: 3.572% (2007 estimation)

Birth rate: 48.12 births/1,000 population (2007 estimation)

Languages: English (official), Luganda, Bantu Languages, Nilotic
languages and Swahili, most Asian languages, little French and

Religions: Roman Catholics 33%, Protestants 33%, Muslims 16%, Hinduism and others 17% (including Pentecostal which has gained a lot of followers; traditional believers are exist).

Average Family Income: about $200 per annum

GDP (nominal, 2006/2007): $10.8 billion.

Inflation rate (annual headline or CPI, 2006/2007): 7.6%.

Government: Republic.

President: Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

Political System: Multiparty System

Ruling Party: National Resistance Movement (NRM)

Administrative arrangement: Decentralization

Independence Date: 9th of October 1962.

Industry: Brewing, Sugar factories, Coffee and Tea factories, Cotton and Textile, Fish, Tobacco, Cement, soft drinks, plastics, soaps and
beauty care, pharmaceuticals, wood and housing.

Local currency: The unit of currency in Uganda is shillings, it’s in coins of 50, 100, 200 and 500 and paper notes of 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000 and 50,000. We advise business visitors consult banks (over 20 banks and micro finance institutions), forex bureaus and money transfer agencies for current exchange rates. Usually local currency, the shillings is exchanged into US dollars, Pound sterling, the euro, Kenyan shillings and currencies of the neighboring countries mainly at the board points. Bank of Uganda (BOU) fixes the value of the shillings using a basket of currencies mentioned above.