Located in Eastern Africa, Uganda is the world’s second most populated landlocked country. Though it is landlocked, Uganda does have a large shore—of Lake Victoria. The capital and largest city of Uganda is Kampala, located in the southeastern quarter of the country.
Until 2005 the only official language of Uganda was English. However, Swahili was approved as the country’s second official language at that time, though this decision has been debated throughout the country. There are dozens of indigenous languages spoken in the land as well.
- The official motto of Uganda is ‘For God and My Country’.
- About half the population live on less that USD $1.25 per day (the international poverty line).
- Over 80% of workers are employed in the agricultural industry.
- Uganda has the most birds in the world, with 1,057 species of birds which constitute 11% of the world’s population of birds. This accounts for 50% of Africa’s bird population.
- Uganda had never won an Olympic award when John Akii-Bua won the gold medal in the 1972 Summer Olympics for 400m hurdles. Now, the phrase “akii buas” has come to colloquially mean “runs” in Uganda.
- The country has a very successful national basketball team. In 2011, the Ugandan little league team qualified for the Little League World Series for the first time too.
- Although it is still young, the Ugandan film industry is growing by leaps and bounds. The first publically recognized Ugandan film was released in 2005.
- Uganda has the youngest median age of any country in the world with the average age of its population being around 15.2 years old.