About Uganda

Capital: Kampala

Nickname: “The Pearl of Africa”

Population: 44,270,563 (As of July 2018)

Population Rank: 32nd

Largest City in Population: Kampala- 1,353,189

Religion: Catholic- 39.3%, Church of Uganda (Anglican)- 32.0%, Other forms of Christianity- 13.2%, Sunni Islam- 12.1%, Other forms of Islam- 1.6%, Atheism or Agnosticism- 0.2% (As of 2017)

Region: Africa

Sub-region: Eastern Africa

  • Land-locked country (South Sudan, Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya)
  • 11% of the world’s bird population is in Uganda
  • Uganda has 6.8% of the world’s butterfly population

Area: 241,550 sq. km.

  • Comparable size to the state of Oregon.

Languages: English (Official), Swahili (Official), Luganda, various Bantu and Nilotic languages

Life Expectancy: Male- 60.2; Female- 64.8 (According to World Health Rankings)

  • Youngest country in the world. 50% of the population is 14 years and younger.

National Sport: Soccer (Futbol)

  • The national soccer team is the Uganda Cranes. Currently they are ranked 82nd in the world according to FIFA. That is in between Curacao and Congo.
  • The Cranes have never made the FIFA World Cup. Their best finish in the African Cup of Nations was runner up 1978.