Lira, Uganda

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Location in Uganda
Coordinates: 02°14′56″N 32°54′00″E / 2.24889°N 32.90000°E / 2.24889; 32.90000
Country Flag of Uganda.svg Uganda
Region Northern Uganda
Sub-region Lango sub-region
District Lira District
 • Mayor Morish Odung[1]
Elevation 3,540 ft (1,080 m)
Population (2011 Estimate)
 • Total 108,600

Lira is a city in Northern Uganda. It is the main municipal, administrative and commercial centre of Lira District. Lira was the main metropolitan center of the now defunct Lango District (which corresponds geographically with the current Lango sub-region).


Lira is located approximately 110km by road, southeast of the city of Gulu, on the highway between Gulu and Mbale.[2] This location lies approximately 270km by road, north of Kampala, the capital of Uganda and the largest city in that country.[3] The coordinates of Lira are:02 14 56N, 32 54 00E (Latitude:02.2490; Longitude:32.8999).

Lango sub-region[edit]

Lira lies in Lira District. Lira District is part of Lango sub-region, which consists of the following districts: Alebtong District, Amolatar District, Apac District, Dokolo District, Lira District, Kole District, Otuke District and Oyam District. The city of Lira remains the principle commercial centre of the sub-region. Somewhere near Gulu.


The 2002 national census estimated the population of Lira at 80,879. In 2008, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), estimated the population of Lira at 98,300.[4] In 2011, UBOS estimated the mid-year population of Lira at 108,600.[5]

New arrivals at the Lira camp for internally displaced persons.


Lira is served by a railway station of the Uganda Railways network. However, it is currently not working. The town is also served by a public, civilian airport, Lira Airport, administered by the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority.


Lira is the seat of a Catholic Bishop, The Right Reverend Joseph Franzelli.


The landmarks within the town limits or close to the edges of the town include:

Other points of interest[edit]

Other points of interest in Lira or near the town, include the following:

See also[edit]


Coordinates: 02°14′56″N 32°54′00″E / 2.24889°N 32.90000°E / 2.24889; 32.90000