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Uganda

Country Name

Uganda, officially the Republic of Uganda

Location

Uganda is a landlocked country in East-Central Africa.

It is bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by South Sudan,

to the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo,

to the south-west by Rwanda, and to the south by Tanzania.

The southern part of the country includes a large part of Lake

Victoria shared with Kenya and Tanzania. 

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The reason for naming the country

Uganda takes its name from the Buganda kingdom, which encompasses a large 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.

Capital 

Kampala.

Flag

The flag of Uganda was adopted on 9 October 1962, when Uganda

became independent from Great Britain.

The flag consists of two times repeated tricolor of in total six horizontal

stripes of black, yellow, and red color. In the center of the flag, there is a

white disc that contains a grey crowned crane- the crane is the national

bird of Uganda.

 The bird represents the progress of the country, the raised leg of the

crane symbolizes the forward movement of the country.

The Black color represents the native ethnic of Africa,

The yellow color represents Africa's sunshine,

The red color represents brotherhood and is also the color of blood that connects all Africans.

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Language 

Uganda is a multilingual country in East Africa.

There are forty living native languages in Uganda, which can be grouped into three main language families: Bantu, Central Sudanic, and Nilotic.

Two additional languages spoken in the country come from the Kuliak language family. English was adopted during the country's colonial, and it remains an official language,

As English is the official language it is used in the education system, government, and media. The English dialect spoken in Uganda is sometimes called Uglish or Ugandan English, and a rich local flavor characterizes the language. 

Swahili, is the second official language that has regional significance, that has been adopted by the nation.

Religion

Christianity is the most widely practiced religion in the country.

Today, the principal Christian denominations practiced in the country are Roman Catholicism, Anglican Protestantism, and various other denominations.

Sunni Islam is practiced by 12.1% of the population and another 1.6% practice some other branch of Islam, such as Shia, Ahmadiyya, or others.

There are a minority groups of Buddhism, the Baha’i Faith, or Hinduism. 

Currency

Ugandan shilling (UGX)

Time Zone

+03:00 GMT.

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Government Regime

Unitary dominant-party presidential republic

Climate

Uganda has a climate that is decreased by altitude, the climate is pleasantly warm, with average temperatures ranging between 20 °C and 25 °C (68 °F and 77 °F), and annual rainfall. Temperature variations throughout the year are little, however, there is a warmer period from December to March, more obvious in the north, and a cooler period from June to September. In general, the temperatures are pleasant, although it can sometimes get hot during the day, especially from December to April, while nights can be cool or even cold, depending on altitude, and this can happen throughout the year, but especially from June to August.

International Phone Code

+256

Internet Code

.ug

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