Thursday, April 19, 2012

163th Country Visitor - From UGANDA

The 163rd country to visit my blog comes from Uganda - 40 minutes ago. Thanks for visiting ...
Let's see what is there in Uganda, I have not gone to this country before..

Uganda, twice the size of Pennsylvania, is in East Africa. It is bordered on the west by Congo, on the north by the Sudan, on the east by Kenya, and on the south by Tanzania and Rwanda. The country, which lies across the equator, is divided into three main areas—swampy lowlands, a fertile plateau with wooded hills, and a desert region. Lake Victoria forms part of the southern border.
Uganda is divided into districts, spread across four administrative regions: Northern, Eastern, Central (Kingdom of Buganda) and Western. The districts are subdivided into counties. A number of districts have been added in the past few years, and eight others were added on July 1, 2006 plus others added in 2010. There are now over 100 districts. Most districts are named after their main commercial and administrative towns. Each district is divided into sub-districts, counties, sub-counties, parishes and villages.
Parallel with the state administration, six traditional Bantu kingdoms have remained, enjoying some degrees of mainly cultural autonomy. The kingdoms are Toro, Ankole, Busoga, Bunyoro, Buganda and Rwenzururu.

About 500 B.C. Bantu-speaking peoples migrated to the area now called Uganda. By the 14th century, three kingdoms dominated, Buganda (meaning "state of the Gandas"), Bunyoro, and Ankole. Uganda was first explored by Europeans as well as Arab traders in 1844. An Anglo-German agreement of 1890 declared it to be in the British sphere of influence in Africa, and the Imperial British East Africa Company was chartered to develop the area. The company did not prosper financially, and in 1894 a British protectorate was proclaimed. Few Europeans permanently settled in Uganda, but it attracted many Indians, who became important players in Ugandan commerce.
Uganda became independent on Oct. 9, 1962. Sir Edward Mutesa, the king of Buganda (Mutesa II), was elected the first president, and Milton Obote the first prime minister, of the newly independent country. With the help of a young army officer, Col. Idi Amin, Prime Minister Obote seized control of the government from President Mutesa four years later.

President: Yoweri Museveni (1986)
Prime Minister: Amama Mbabazi (2011)
Land area: 77,108 sq mi (199,710 sq km); total area: 91,135 sq mi (236,040 sq km)
Population (2011 est.): 34,612,250 (growth rate: 3.576%); birth rate: 47.49/1000; infant mortality rate: 62.47/1000; life expectancy: 53.24
Capital and Largest City (2009 est): Kampala, 1.535 million
Monetary unit: Ugandan new shilling
Languages: English (official national language, taught in grade schools, used in courts of law and by most newspapers and some radio broadcasts), Ganda or Luganda (most widely used of the Niger-Congo languages, preferred for native language publications in the capital and may be taught in school), other Niger-Congo languages, Nilo-Saharan languages, Swahili, Arabic
Ethnicity/Race: Baganda 16.9%, Banyakole 9.5%, Basoga 8.4%, Bakiga 6.9%, Iteso 6.4%, Langi 6.1%, Acholi 4.7%, Bagisu 4.6%, Lugbara 4.2%, Bunyoro 2.7%, other 29.6% (2002 census)
Religions: Roman Catholic 41.9%, Protestant 42% (Anglican 35.9%, Pentecostal 4.6%, Seventh-Day Adventist 1.5%), Muslim 12.1%, other 3.1%, none 0.9% (2002 census)
Literacy rate: 70% (2003 est.)
Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2010 est.): $42.15 billion; per capita $1,300. Real growth rate: 5.2%. Inflation: 4%. Unemployment: n.a.  
Arable land: 21.57% (2005).  
Agriculture: coffee, tea, cotton, tobacco, cassava (tapioca), potatoes, corn, millet, pulses, cut flowers; beef, goat meat, milk, poultry.  
Labor force: 15.51 million (2010 est.); agriculture 82%, industry 5%, services 13% (1999 est.).  
Industries: sugar, brewing, tobacco, cotton textiles; cement, steel production. Natural resources: copper, cobalt, hydropower, limestone, salt, arable land.  
Exports: $2.164 billion (2010 est.): coffee, fish and fish products, tea, cotton, flowers, horticultural products; gold.  
Imports: $4.264 billion (2010 est.): capital equipment, vehicles, petroleum, medical supplies; cereals. 
Major trading partners: Sudan, Kenya, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, UAE, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, China, India, South Africa, Japan (2010).
Internet Service Providers (ISPs):19,927 (2010).  
Internet users: 3.2 million (2009).
Transportation: Railways: total: 1,244 km (2010). Highways: total: 70,746 km; paved: 16,272 km; unpaved: 54,474 km (2003). Waterways: there are no long navigable stretches of river in Uganda; parts of the Albert Nile that flow out of Lake Albert in the northwestern part of the country are navigable; several lakes including Lake Victoria and Lake Kyoga have substantial traffic; Lake Albert is navigable along a 200-km stretch from its northern tip to its southern shores (2009).  
Ports and harbors: Entebbe, Jinja, Port Bell.  
Airports: 46 (2010).

Interesting photos:
Kampala, Uganda.
 downtown Kampala
 Kidepo Valley National Park
Uganda's Wildlife Safaris
 Queen Elizabeth's Park
 cotton-picking in Gulu, Uganda
 Sezibwa Falls in Uganda
Uganda's school children
 the equator line in Uganda
 cultural dance
Ndere Dance troupe in Uganda
 latest new notes
 Miss Uganda 2012.

Have a nice day......

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