Kampala is the largest city and capital of Uganda. Kampala is the economic hub of Uganda and is divided into five boroughs that oversee local planning. 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 Kampala is 1.7 Million (2016 est.), while the inflation rate is 6.8% (Apr 2017).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Kampala, 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): Kampala as at 1 April 2017 is average in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Average 2) Clothing: Very Low 3) Communication: Very High 4) Education: Very Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: Low 7) Healthcare: Low 8) Household Accommodation: Average 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: High 11) Recreation & Culture: Average 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very Low 13) Transport: Very High Kampala is for example -1.5% cheaper than Houston TX for groceries, 21.6% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 44.7% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Kampala for an expat from Perth, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Kampala) premium of 30% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Kampala 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 Kampala? Register subscribe to your home location and Kampala and run your personalised reports.