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Uganda Most Ethnically Diverse Country on Earth

Uganda has been revealed as the most ethnically mixed country on the planet according to a new scientific study that blows apart misconceptions that western nations are the most racially diverse as reported by British newspaper Daily Mail

Music is such a big part of African culture and Uganda is no exception. The young men in the picture are doing a dance from Buganda in Central Uganda.

Music is such a big part of African culture and Uganda is no exception. The young men in the picture are doing a dance from Buganda in Central Uganda.

 

A group of dancers doing an Acholi dance from the Nilotics group. The Nilotics are known to be fearless warriors and today a large section of the army comes from the Nilotics

A group of dancers doing an Acholi dance from the Nilotic group. The Nilotics are known to be fearless warriors and today a large section of the army comes from the Nilotics

Academics at Harvard University’s Institute for Economic Research spent a meticulous 11 years studying 650 different ethnic groups across 190 countries.

Using data from sources including national censuses, Encyclopedia Brittanica, the CIA, Minority Rights Group International and a 1998 study called ‘Ethnic Groups Worldwide’.

President Museveni of Uganda and President Kagame of Rwanda who come from the Hamites group

President Museveni of Uganda and President Kagame of Rwanda who come from the Hamites group who culturally nomadic pastoralists. They have a dear love for their cows.

They worked out an ‘ethnicity rating’ for each country based on the question: If you picked two people at random in any nation and asked them their ethnicity, what are the chances that they would give a different answer?

And as this map shows, it has thrown up some rather unexpected results.

Surprising? This map shows the planet's most and least ethnically diverse nations in the world. The countries in green are the most diverse, while those in red are the least

Uganda is home to more than 40 different indigenous ethnic groups, including the Baganda, Iteso, Basoga and Banyankore – all of which have their own languages, cultures and customs. The tribes of Uganda come from four major ethnic groups i.e. Bantu, Nilotic, Hamites, and Nilo-Hamites. It is from these that the 50 something tribes of Uganda emerge from.

While the East African nation tops the list, at the bottom comes South Korea which was classed the world’s most homogenous nation.

Karamojong women dressing their hair.

Karamojong women dressing their hair.

But perhaps what will prove most surprising to some, Europe is revealed as the least ethnically diverse continent on the planet, with the UK and France as two of the most.

The revelation will stick with those who claim that mass immigration has diluted indigenous culture and custom and left their societies with little or no tangible sense of national identity.

Africa is exposed as the world’s most racially diverse continent with the top 20 most diverse nations in the world all in Africa.

 

 

 

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Continent: Africa
Capital: Kampala
Population: 33,398,700
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