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Kenya Country Facts

Guest Author - Jeanne Egbosiuba Ukwendu

Official Name: Republic of Kenya

Alternate Names: Kenya

Former Names: British East Africa

Capital City: Nairobi

Kenya FlagFlag: The Kenyan flag has three equal horizontal bands of black (top), red, and green; the red band is edged in white; a large warrior's shield covering crossed spears at the center.

Date of Independence: December 12, 1963 (from the UK)

National Anthem: Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu (O God of All Creation)

Population: 39,002,772

Kenya MapSize/Area: 582,650 sq km - roughly the size of Texas

Land Locked: No

Coastline: 536 km

Bordering Countries: Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania

Administrative Divisions: 7 provinces - Central, Coast, Eastern, North Eastern, Nyanza, Rift Valley, Western, and 1 area - Nairobi Area

Major Cities: Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Malindi, Lodwar, Eldoret, Wajir, Meru, Marsabit, Machakos

Languages: English, Swahili, Indigenous Languages

Religions: Protestant (45%), Roman Catholic (33%), Muslim (10%), indigenous beliefs (10%), other (2%)

Major Holidays: Jamhuri Day (Dec 12), Kenyatta Day (Oct 20), Moi Day (Oct 10), Madaraka Day (June 1), New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Labor Day (May 1), Id al-Fitr, Christmas, and Boxing Day.

Kenyan 20 Shilling Banknote With President KenyattaCurrency: Shilling

Currency Code: KES

Highest Point: Mount Kenya Mount Kenya at 5,199 m

Lowest Point: Indian Ocean

Bordering Bodies of Water: Indian Ocean

Bodies of Water: Lake Turkana, Lake Victoria, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha

Climate: Kenya has a tropical climate - hot and humid at the coast, temperate inland and very dry in the north and northeast.

Major Industries: small-scale consumer goods (plastic, furniture, batteries, textiles, clothing, soap, cigarettes, flour), agricultural products, horticulture, oil refining; aluminum, steel, lead; cement, commercial ship repair, tourism

Major Agricultural Products: tea, coffee, corn, wheat, sugarcane, fruit, vegetables; dairy products, beef, pork, poultry, eggs

Natural Resources: limestone, soda ash, salt, gemstones, fluorspar, zinc, diatomite, gypsum, wildlife, hydropower

Time Zone: GMT+3



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