Uganda Abbreviations

UG is the abbreviation for Uganda, the 79th largest country in the world. Officially Republic of Uganda, Uganda is a country located in eastern Africa, bordering Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Tanzania. Kampala is the capital city of Uganda. Major cities include Kampala (population: 1,353,178), Gulu (population: 146,847), Lira (population: 119,312), Mbarara (population: 97,489), Jinja (population: 93,050), Bwizibwera (population: 79,146), Mbale (population: 76,482), Mukono (population: 67,279), Kasese (population: 67,258), and Masaka (population: 65,362).

Country Profile

  • Capital: Kampala
  • Language: English
  • Area: 241,038 km2
  • Population: 41,487,965
  • Currency: Ugandan shilling (UGX)
  • Time zone: UTC+3
  • Calling code: 256
  • ISO 2-Letter Abbreviation: UG
  • UN 3-Letter Abbreviation: UGA
  • Internet TLD: .ug
  • State Government Website:

Map of Uganda

List of Uganda Acronyms

The most commonly used abbreviations about Uganda are UG which stands for Uganda and UGX which means Ugandan shilling (Uganda currency). In the following table, you can see all acronyms related to Uganda, including abbreviations for airport, city, school, port, government, and etc.

UG: Uganda

Abbreviation Meaning
AYMU Africa Youth Ministries Uganda
AUPWAE Association of Uganda Professional Women in Agriculture and Environment
AUTOMATIC Association of Ugandan Tour Operators
AUTOGRAPH Association of Ugandan Tour Operators
AUTO Association of Ugandan Tour Operators
BOHU Beacon of Hope Uganda
COU Children of Uganda
CDFU Communication for Development Foundation Uganda
CUUL Consortium of Uganda University Libraries
DFCU Development Finance Corporation of Uganda
EBB Entebbe/Kampala, Uganda – Entebbe
ESAU Epilepsy Support Association Uganda
FSDU Financial Sector Deepening Uganda
FUNA Former Uganda National Army
HUMBLE Helping Ugandan Mwana by Loving Example
HFCU Housing Finance Company of Uganda, Ltd.
ICPAU Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda
KUT Kenya, Uganda, Tanganyika
KUR Kenya-Uganda Railway
LGA Luganda
MRC-UVRI Medical Research Council and Uganda Virus Research Institute
MHU Mental Health Uganda
NARO National Agricultural Research Organisation of Uganda
NAWOU National Association of Women’s Organisations in Uganda
NUSPA Northern Uganda Shea Processors Association
NUYDC Northern Uganda Youth Development Centre
QYU Queer Youth Uganda
SMIU Safe Motherhood Initiative in Uganda
SCIU Save the Children in Uganda
SWIP South West Uganda Integrated Programme
SCOUL Sugar Corporation of Uganda Ltd.
TUNADO The Uganda National Apiculture Development Organisation
UG Uganda
UGA Uganda
QU Uganda Airlines
UAA Uganda Artists Association
UAOT Uganda Association of Occupational Therapists
UBID Uganda Baha’i Institute of Development
UBPA Uganda Beef Producers Association
UBA Uganda Bikers Association
UBS Uganda Bureau of Standards
UCE Uganda Certificate of Education Exam
UCAA Uganda Civil Aviation Authority
UCC Uganda Communications Commission
UCRA Uganda Community Relief Association
UCF Uganda Conservation Foundation
UCA Uganda Co-Operative Alliance Limited
UCIL Uganda Crop Industries Limited
UDN Uganda Debt Network
UEDC Uganda Electricity Distribution Company
UFA Uganda Floricultural Association
UFEA Uganda Flower Exporters Association
UGRC Uganda Gender Resource Center
UGU Uganda Golf Union
UHA Uganda Honey Bee-Keepers Association
UHOA Uganda Hotel Owners Association
UHRC Uganda Human Rights Commission
UIA Uganda Investment Authority
UJA Uganda Japan Association
ULA Uganda Land Alliance
ULIA Uganda Library and Information Association
ULAA Uganda Local Authorities Association
UMI Uganda Management Institute
UMA Uganda Manufacturers’ Association
UMDF Uganda Media Development Foundation
UMWA Uganda Media Women’s Association
UMOH Uganda Ministry of Health
UMWV Uganda Muslim Women Vision
UNAS Uganda National Academy of Sciences
UNAB Uganda National Association of the Blind
UNAD Uganda National Association of the Deaf
UNCC Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry
UNCST Uganda National Council for Science and Technology
UNDISO Uganda National Disability Information Support Organization
UNFA Uganda National Farmers Association
UNFF Uganda National Farmers Federation
UNFFE Uganda National Farmers Federation
UNHS Uganda National Household Survey
UNISE Uganda National Institute of Special Education
UNRF Uganda National Rescue Front
UNVA Uganda National Vanilla Association
UOWD Uganda Online Website Directory
UORDP Uganda Orphans Rural Development Programme
UPFC Uganda Parliamentary Forum for Children
UPC Uganda People’s Congress
UPDF Uganda People’s Defence Force
UPLB Uganda Public Libraries Board
URC Uganda Red Cross
URCS Uganda Red Cross Society
URSB Uganda Registration Services Bureau
UREA Uganda Renewable Energy Association
URA Uganda Revenue Authority
URFU Uganda Rugby Football Union
USGA Uganda Safari Guides Association
USDL Uganda Scholarly Digital Library
USEA Uganda Services Exporters Association
UGS Uganda Shilling
UGX Uganda Shilling
USPCA Uganda Society for the Protection and Care of Animals
UWA Uganda Wildlife Authority
UYD Uganda Young Democrats
UYP Uganda Young Positives
UORF Ugandan Orphanage Relief Fund
USIS Ugandan Schools Information Service
USH Ugandan Shilling
UGV Ugandan Variant
UNAU United Nations Association of Uganda
UAAU Urban Authorities Association of Uganda
WETSU Women Engineers, Technicians and Scientists in Uganda
WOSU Women’s Shelter Uganda


The Central African Plateau makes up three-quarters of Uganda’s land area, and most of it is about 900 meters above sea level. The climate is tropical and the temperature stable at 20-25 degrees year-round. Large parts of the country are covered by savanna. Most of the country’s rainforest has been cut down.

Lake Victoria is split between Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya, and forms part of Uganda’s border in the south. The formerly fishy lake is now threatened by serious environmental problems, such as overfishing and falling water levels. Creeping, deforestation, overgrazing and soil erosion are other environmental problems Uganda is struggling with.


Three thousand years before our time, people lived in what are now the northern areas of Uganda. Eventually, people also migrated south. In the 1300s, kingdoms formed in the southern and central parts of the country, while the northern areas were dominated by clan-based societies.

From around 1840, the northern areas were attacked by Egyptian and Sudanese slave traders, and shortly afterwards came the first European explorer. Following an agreement between England and Germany in 1890, Uganda gained the status of British protectorate. Then the country was under British rule until independence in 1962. The next nine years, until Colonel Idi Amin took power in a military coup in 1971, was marked by instability. After a brutal and corrupt period as the country’s leader, Amin was overthrown in 1979. Cautious estimates are that 300,000 people lost their lives in the years he was in power. Uganda’s current president, Yoweri Museveni, has been in power since the 1986 coup.

The rebel group Lord´s Resistance Army (LRA) terrorized Northern Uganda for over 20 years of guerrilla war. They killed civilians, recruited child soldiers and destroyed entire villages, but were driven out of the country in 2007.

Society and politics

For many years the West cited Museveni as an example to follow, but in recent years criticism against him has increased. This is especially because democratic rules of play are not followed. Despite the introduction of a multi-party system in 2005, the policy is dominated by Museveni and his party. There are elections every 5 years, but no limitation on how many periods the head of state can sit. Recently, the Supreme Court has pointed out a great need for electoral reform. The police have been criticized for cracking down on demonstrations and assemblies organized by the political opposition.

Uganda is one of the countries in the world with the highest population growth, at the same time it has been severely affected by the AIDS epidemic, and therefore has a very young population. Sexual minorities are subject to discrimination, and homosexuality is prohibited in Uganda. The situation for women’s rights and gender equality is moving forward. Women are relatively well represented in political bodies, especially in parliament. Uganda experiences a lot of sexual and gender-based violence, and child marriage is widespread in the countryside.

Uganda is one of the countries that has welcomed the most refugees on the African continent. In 2018, the country housed over 1.4 million refugees and asylum seekers, mainly from South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Somalia. The country’s laws promote the safety and well-being of refugees.

Economics and Commerce

The country had a good economic starting point after independence in 1962. However, Idi Amin exhibited almost all foreign expertise in his day and ruined a lot for business. In addition, the protracted conflict with the LRA has severely affected the country’s economy. Uganda is on the list of the world’s least developed countries, and in recent years the proportion of poor has increased. The country has set a goal of becoming a lower middle-income country by 2040, and the sustainability goals are integrated into the country’s national development plan.

Uganda has a good position in Africa related to the private sector. The main obstacle to business development and job creation remains the lack of stable access to electricity. Widespread corruption also affects the ability to provide public services and attract investment. However, great expectations are attached to the major oil discoveries made in recent years in Lake Albert.

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