Nate and I have been finding out so much interesting information about the country of Uganda since beginning our adoption about 20 months ago. Since I’ve never been there myself before, I want to find out all I can about where my kids are growing up. Just like anything else in life, reading about Uganda is going to be so much different than experiencing it in real life, but I still want to find out all I can! No super long history lesson…just 18 unique fast facts about the place where my heart is aching to be!
1. The Grey Crowned Crane is Uganda’s national animal, which can be seen on the country’s flag.
2. Uganda has won 2 Olympic Gold medals: the first in Munich in 1972, in the Men’s 400 meter hurdles, and the second in London in 2012, in the Men’s marathon. (Yeah, go runners!! )
3. Children in Uganda are told to be afraid of cats and dogs because they will eat them.
4. English is the official language in Uganda, however Ugandan English is a different dialect than American English, and sounds very much different than what we typically hear & speak here.
5. Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake, is located in the south-eastern corner of Uganda, and connects to the Nile River.
6. Before the widespread Ebola epidemic of 2014, the largest Ebola epidemic took place in Uganda, in the year 2000.
7. It is considered a no-no for adults in Uganda to show their knees.
8. The country of Uganda is similar in size to the state of Oregon; however, Uganda has a population of 37.5 million, and Oregon’s population is just 3.97 million.
9. Nate is going to love this one….11% of the world’s population of birds is found in Uganda (at least 400 species of birds are found here, with some websites stating that its actually more like 1000 different species).
10. Coffee is Uganda’s main export…although not much of it is exported to the United States. It is mostly exported to other African countries.
11. Since Uganda is located on the equator, the temperature does not fluctuate widely. They have a rainy season from March til May & October-November. The temperature year-round stays mostly between 60-90 degrees F, with humidity averaging between 70 and 80%.
12. Uganda is especially famous for its wild Mountain Gorillas. People wanting to go on African Safaris often travel here, since about half of the existing 700 wild gorillas are found in Uganda’s mountainous rainforest.
13. Uganda is the 2nd largest producer of bananas (an estimated 11 million tons per year), coming in right after India (an estimated 29 million tons per year).
14. Movies The Last King of Scotland (2006) with Forest Whitaker, and Humphrey Bogart & Katherine Hepburn’s African Queen (1951) were both filmed in Uganda.
15. Showing affection in public, even between spouses, is definitely frowned upon.
16. Farming employs about 66% of Uganda’s population, with the most common crops being coffee, tobacco, tea, maize/corn, plantains, sweet potatoes, beans, nuts, sugar cane, pineapples, mangos, bananas, cassava, peppers, and plenty others, depending on where you’re staying.
17. The most dangerous & deadly animal in Uganda is actually the mosquito.
18. The average (median) age of the population of Uganda is 15.5. This is the 2nd lowest median age in the whole world, followed only by Niger, which comes in at 15.1.