Uganda is in Eastern Africa, west of Kenya. The climate is tropical, generally rainy, but semi arid in the northeast. The official languages are English and Swahili. English is widely spoken, but it is the second language for many Ugandans. Luganda is also widely spoken. The main religions are Christianity and Islam. Uganda's economy suffered from devastating economic policies and instability, leaving Uganda as one of the world's poorest countries. The country has commenced economic reforms and growth has been robust. Uganda has substantial natural resources, including fertile soils, regular rainfall, and sizable mineral deposits of copper and cobalt. The country has largely untapped reserves of both crude oil and natural gas. Expatriate business dress is relatively conservative. The security risk for expatriates in Uganda is medium overall, but high in many of the border areas. Risks include road safety, petty crime, banditry, roadside armed robbery, and occasional attacks by militant groups. The currency of Uganda is the Uganda Shilling (UGX). Credit cards are not widely accepted. Medical facilities in Uganda are limited. Serious or complex medical treatment may require evacuation which can be expensive. Outbreaks of cholera, Rift Valley Fever and typhoid have been reported. There is a high prevalence of HIV. The population of Uganda is 41.5 Million (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 1.8% for Uganda as at April 2018. For a single Expat, the personal income tax rate in Uganda is progressive up to 40%.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Uganda, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Uganda as at 1 April 2018 is very low in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Low 2) Clothing: Low 3) Communication: High 4) Education: Very Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: Average 6) Groceries: Very Low 7) Healthcare: Very Low 8) Household Accommodation: Average 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: Low 11) Recreation & Culture: Low 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very Low 13) Transport: Low Uganda is for example -33% cheaper than USA for groceries, -17% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 74% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for Uganda for an expat from Australia, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Uganda) premium of 30% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. Uganda is ranked as a high degree of hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Uganda? Register subscribe to your home location and Uganda and run your personalised reports.