About Uganda


Climate: tropical, generally rainy with two dry seasons (December to February, June to August)

Population: 33, 398,682

Orphan Population:  2.3 million (UNICEF 2006)

People living with HIV/AIDS:  940,000 (est. 2007)

Languages: English (official), Luganda, other Niger-Congo languages, Nilo-Saharan languages, Swahili, Arabic

Religions: Roman Catholic 41.9%, Protestent 42%, Muslim 12.1%, other 3.1%, none 0.9% (2002 Census)

Location: Located in Eastern Africa, Uganda is crossed by the equator.  It is bound by Rwanda, Lake Victoria, and Tanzania to the south, Kenya to the east, Sudan to the north, and Democratic Republic of Congo to the west.  Most of the country is a vast plateau with the main mountain ranges of Rwenzori located in the west, and Mt. Elgon to the east.

Size:  Uganda is about the size of Oregon.  The area is about 241,136 sq, km.  About 20% of Uganda's surface area is covered in water (Uganda takes up 48% of Lake Victoria).