Facts about Kenya: Here are informative, interesting and unique information about Kenya. These Kenya facts include information about the meaning of ‘Kenya’, Kenya population, governance, currency and much more.
Kenya is a country that reflects the growth of the African continent and the transformational power of possibility. The country was once famous for its Savannah. Kenya is building its infrastructure steadily towards becoming Africa’s silicon savannah.
Kenya is one of the most vibrant economies in Africa. It is a hub for commerce, investment, tourism and trade.
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Facts About Kenya: Kenya Facts
Kenya is located in East Africa. It borders Ethiopia and Sudan in the north, Uganda on its west, Tanzania on the south, and Somalia and Indian Ocean on the east.
Kenya lies between 5 degrees north and 5 degrees south latitude; and between 24 and 31 degrees east longitude.
The Equator bisects Kenya in an east-west direction. The breadth of the country (east to west) measures 890km while north to south distance is 1,030km.
Kenya’s land area is 582,650 square kilometers; 569,250 sq. km is land while 13,100 sq. km is covered by water. The Kenya coastline extends for 536km.
Facts About Kenya: Geography
Official name: Republic of Kenya or Jamhuri ya Kenya
Kenya Capital City: Nairobi
Kenya Land Area: 582,650 sq. km. About 9% of the land is arable.
Kenya Climate: Kenya has a tropical, sunny climate throughout the year. Long rains fall from April to June while short rains fall from October to December. The coldest months are June and July.
Kenya Highest Point: 5199 meters – at the top of Mt Kenya
Kenya Lowest Point: Zero (0) meters – at the Indian Ocean
Kenya Time Zone: GMT +3
Kenya Currency: Kenya Shillings (Ksh)
Facts About Kenya: Demography
Kenya Population: Kenya had a population of 37,183,924 people according to 2009 census.
Kenya Population Growth: 2.95% per annum
Kenya Population Density: 55 per sq. km.
Kenya Workforce Population: Around 11.85 million
Kenya Literacy Rate at age 15 and above: 85.1%
Kenya birth rate: 32 births per 1000 population
Kenya Infant Mortality Rate: 44 deaths per 1000 live births
Languages in Kenya: Official languages of the Republic of Kenya are Kiswahili and English. The national language of the Republic is Kiswahili.
Ethnic Groups in Kenya: Kikuyu 22%, Luhya 14%, Luo 13%, Kalenjin 12%, Kamba 11%, Kisii 6%, Meru 6%, other Kenyan tribes 15%, non-African 1%.
Kenya Exports: Coffee, tea, horticultural products, fish and cement.
Main Kenya Imports: petroleum products, machinery and transportation equipment, motor vehicles, plastics, iron and steel.
About 9% of Kenya’s land is arable.
Longest river in Kenya: Tana River
Facts About Kenya Government
Head of State: President
Head of Government: President
The current constitution of Kenya was promulgated on 27th August, 2010. The constitution introduced major structural, institutional and electoral reforms. Devolution is one of these major reforms that lead to the formation of 47 counties. The 2010 Kenya constitution also introduced a bicameral legislature that is made up of the National Assembly and the Senate.
Kenya Facts: Counties in Kenya
There are 47 county governments in Kenya. Each county is headed by a Governor. Here are the counties in Kenya
Facts About Kenya Political System
Kenya is a unitary state with a multiparty democracy
Facts About Kenya Political Parties
Top Political Parties in Kenya and their leaders:
- Jubilee Party (JP) – Uhuru Kenyatta
- Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) – Raila Odinga
- Wiper Party – Kalonzo Musyoka
- Ford Kenya Party – Moses Wetangula
- KANU party – Gideon Moi
- Amani Party (ANC) – Musalia Mudavadi
- Chama Cha Mashinani Party (CCM) – Isaac Ruto
- Maendeleo Chap Chap Party (MCC) – Alfred Mutua
- PNU Party – Peter Munya
Interesting Facts About Kenya
- The last census was conducted in year 2009. The population of Kenya then was 37,183,924.
- Kenya was colonized by British. The country was under British colonial rule from 1895 to 1963.
- About 20 million years ago, the crust of the Earth split thus forming Kenya’s Great Rift Valley.
- The capital city of Kenya is Nairobi.
- Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) is the largest airport in East Africa.
- The first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize was a Kenyan – Prof. Wangari Mathai.
- Mt. Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya, and the second highest in Africa.
- Kenya is a Christian country with about 70% of the population being Christians.
- Kenya got independence in 1963 and later became a Republic in 1964.
- The wildlife in Kenya cannot be rivaled by any other country in the world, both in terms of variety of species and numbers.
- The earliest known remains of human beings were discovered in Kenya..
- Maasai is a tribe in Kenya that is famous for skillful use of traditional weapons and indigenous style of living.
- Swahili is a national language and the most widely spoken language in Kenya
- Shilling is the currency of Kenya. One shilling is equivalent to 100 cents
- Kenya got independence in 1963 and later became a republic in 1964
- In the world of sports, Kenya is best known for athletics
Fun Facts About Kenya
- Before marriage, a Kenyan man is obligated to pay dowry to the bride’s family
- While coffee is one of the leading exports from Kenya, tea is the most common beverage among Kenyans.
- If you ask every Kenyan child, they would want to become a doctor or a pilot.
- Polygamy is practiced among some tribes in Kenya