Lira, Uganda

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Lira is located in Uganda
Location in Uganda
Coordinates: 02°14′50″N 32°54′00″E / 2.24722°N 32.90000°E / 2.24722; 32.90000
Country Flag of Uganda.svg Uganda
Region Northern Uganda
Sub-region Lango sub-region
District Lira District
 • Mayor Morish Odung[2]
Elevation 3,540 ft (1,080 m)
Population (2014 Census)
 • Total 99,059[1]

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, the largest city in Northern Uganda, along the highway between Gulu and Mbale.[3] This location lies approximately 270 kilometres (170 mi), by road, north of Kampala, the capital of Uganda and the largest city in that country.[4] The coordinates of Lira are:2°14'50.0"N 32°54'00.0"E (Latitude:02.247223; Longitude:32.900000).[5]

Lango sub-region[edit]

Lira lies in Lira District. Lira District is part of Lango sub-region, which consists of the following districts: (a) Alebtong District (b) Amolatar District (c) Apac District (d) Dokolo District (e) Lira District (f) Kole District (g) Otuke District and (h) Oyam District. The city of Lira remains the principle commercial centre of the sub-region.


The 2002 national census estimated the population of Lira at about 80,900. In 2010, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), estimated the population of Lira at approximately 105,100. In 2011, UBOS estimated the mid-year population of Lira at 108,600.[6] In August 2014, the national population census put the population of Lira town at 99,059.[1]

New arrivals at the Lira camp for internally displaced persons.


Lira is served by a railway station of the Uganda Railways network.[7] The town is also served by a public, civilian airport, Lira Airport, administered by the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority.


Lira is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lira, headed by a Catholic Bishop; The Right Reverend Joseph Franzelli.

Points of interest[edit]

The following points of interest lie within the town limits or close to the edges of town:

Other points of interest[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b UBOS, . (27 August 2014). "The Population of The Regions of the Republic of Uganda And All Cities And Towns of More Than 15,000 Inhabitants". Quoting Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS). Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Birungi, Machrine (5 March 2011). "Incumbent Lira Mayor Seeks Court Order for Vote Recount". Uganda Radio Network. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Road Distance Between Gulu And Lira With Map". Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Map Showing Lira And Kampala With Distance Marker". Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Google, . "Location of Lira At Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  6. ^ UBOS, . "Estimated Population of Lira In 2002, 2010 And 2011" (PDF). Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS). Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Cissy Makumbi, Cissy (28 October 2013). "Museveni Opens Gulu Railway Line". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 

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Coordinates: 02°14′50″N 32°54′00″E / 2.24722°N 32.90000°E / 2.24722; 32.90000