Facts About Kenya
Kenya is a country that epitomizes the transformational power of possibility. A land once known for its Savannah, now earning international repute as the Silicon Savannah. Where the vibrancy of the economy is matched only by the verve of our youth. Where groundbreaking refers not just to the largest infrastructural project in Africa, but also to our trailblazing mobile money transfer technology. A land that reflects the growth of a Continent on the rise. A hub for Investment, Commerce, Trade and Tourism.
Kenya is a land where we have demonstrated that the most significant driver for converting possibility into reality is innovation. And where we understand that investing in women and young entrepreneurs can provide the world with innovative solutions to some of our toughest challenges. Because that’s the potency of entrepreneurship; its ability to elevate people’s lives in a way that honors their dignity.
Welcome to Kenya. Welcome to Opportunity.
Kenya Facts – Facts About Kenya
The Indian Ocean is in the south-east. The country lies between five degrees north and five degrees south latitude and between 24 and 31 degrees east longitude.
Kenya lies exactly astride the Equator, which bisects the country in an east-west direction. The breadth from east to east is about 890km, and 1,030km north to south.
The Indian Ocean coast-line is 536km long, while the total land area is 582,650 sq km. Of this, 569,250 sqkm constitute land area and 13,100 sq km is water.
Kenya Facts: Geography
Kenya’s Official Name:Republic of Kenya
Conventional long form: Republic of Kenya
Conventional short form: Kenya
Local long form: Republic of Kenya/Jamhuri ya Kenya
Local short form: Kenya
Formerly known as: British East Africa
Kenya’s Location:Eastern Africa, on the East Cost of Africa along the Indian Ocean at 1 00 N,38 00 E
Kenya’s Land Area: 582,646 sq. km
Kenya’s Climate: Varies from tropical along coast to arid in the interior.
Kenya’s Time Zone: GMT +3
Kenya’s Currency: Kenya Shillings (KSh)
Kenya Facts: Demography
Kenya’s Population: 38.6 million (2009).
Kenya’s Population Density: 55 per sq. km.
Kenya population growth rate: 2.444%
Kenya birth rate: 32 births/1,000 population
Kenya infant mortality rate: 44 deaths/1,000 live births
Kenya fertility rate: 3.76 children born/woman
Kenya’s Workforce Population: 11.85 million.
Kenya’s Literacy rate at age 15 and over: 85.1%.
Kenya highest point: Mount Kenya 5,199 m
Kenya lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
Kenya’s GDP per capita: $320 (at purchasing power parity, $1035).
Languages Spoken in Kenya: English (official), Kiswahili (National), numerous Ethnic tribes or languages.
Kenya ethnic groups: Kikuyu 22%, Luhya 14%, Luo 13%, Kalenjin 12%, Kamba 11%, Kisii 6%, Meru 6%, other African 15%, non-African (Asian, European, and Arab) 1%
Kenya exports: Tea, horticultural products, coffee, petroleum products, fish, cement
Kenya Imports: machinery and transportation equipment, petroleum products, motor vehicles, iron and steel, resins and plastics
About 9% of Kenya’s land is arable.
Tana River is the Longest River in Kenya
Kenya Facts: Kenya’s Student Enrollment:
Primary School in Kenya – 7,384, 800.
Secondary School in Kenya – 912,624.
Universities in Kenya – 91,541.
Kenya Facts: Kenya’s Political System
Unitary state with multiparty democracy.
Unicameral National Assembly or Bunge usually referred to as Parliament (224 seats; 210 members elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms, 12 nominated members appointed by the president but selected by the parties in proportion to their parliamentary vote totals, 2 ex-officio members); note – the constitution promulgated in August 2010 changes the legislature to a bicameral parliament consisting of a 349 member National Assembly and a 67 member Senate; parliament members will serve five year terms
Kenya’s Head of State
Kenya’s head of Government:
Legal System in Kenya
Promulgated on 27 August 2010; note – the new constitution introduced major institutional, electoral, and structural reforms, including devolution of power to 47 counties and establishment of a bicameral legislature; Implementation of all elements of the constitution is scheduled to take five years and requires significant legislative action, much of which has been taken
Kenya Facts: Top 10 Cities / Towns in Kenya With Population:
- Nairobi: 2,750,547
- Mombasa: 799,668
- Nakuru: 259,903
- Eldoret: 218,446
- Kisumu: 216,479
- Thika: 99,322
- Kitale: 75,123
- Malindi: 68,304
- Garissa: 67,861
- Kakamega: 63,42
Kenya Facts: Administrative Divisions:
Kenya Has 47 Counties
- Baringo County
- Bomet County
- Bungoma County
- Busia County
- Elgeyo Marakwet County
- Embu County
- Garissa County
- Homa Bay County
- Isiolo County
- Kajiado County
- Kakamega County
- Kericho County
- Kiambu County
- Kilifi County
- Kirinyaga County
- Kisii County
- Kisumu County
- Kitui County
- Kwale County
- Laikipia County
- Lamu County
- Machakos County
- Makueni County
- Mandera County
- Meru County
- Migori County
- Marsabit County
- Mombasa County
- Muranga County
- Nairobi County
- Nakuru County
- Nandi County
- Narok County
- Nyamira County
- Nyandarua County
- Nyeri County
- Samburu County
- Siaya County
- Taita Taveta County
- Tana River County
- Tharaka Nithi County
- Trans Nzoia County
- Turkana County
- Uasin Gishu County
- Vihiga County
- Wajir County
- West Pokot County
Kenya Facts: Political Parties in Kenya and Their Leaders
- Kenya African National Union or KANU – Gideon MOI
- The National Party Alliance or TNA – Uhuru KENYATTA
- Orange Democratic Movement or ODM – Raila ODINGA
- National Rainbow Coalition-Kenya or NARC-Kenya – Martha KARUA
- Orange Democratic Movement-Kenya or ODM-K – Kalonzo MUSYOKA
- United Democratic Forum Party or UDF – Musalia Mudavadi
- United Republican Party or URP – William Ruto
- Wiper Democratic Movement or WDM – Kalonzo MUSYOKA
Kenya Facts: Local Connectivity in Kenya
Fully Digital Network.
Mobile Connectivity in Kenya:
28 million. (2012)
17.38 million. (2012)
Data Services in Kenya
Ken stream, Jambonet, ADSL services, Analogue leased lines(Kenline), Kenpac, Kensat, ISDN.
Satellite Services in Kenya:
International Broadcast, VSAT, Voicecast.
Global Connectivity in Kenya:
Satellite links. and Fiber Optic
Interesting Facts About Kenya
Facts About Kenya 1: About 44 million people live in Kenya as at the time of this writing.
Facts About Kenya 2: Kenya was a British colony and was under British colonial rule between 1895 and 1963.
Facts About Kenya 3: Kenya’s Great Rift Valley was formed around 20 million years ago, when the crust of the Earth was split.
Facts About Kenya 4: Kenya only has only two seasons. One rainy season and one dry season in a year.
Facts About Kenya 5: Kenya’s capital is Nairobi.
Facts About Kenya 6: There is great disparity between the rich and the poor, those that are rich are very rich and those that are poor are very poor with very few in the middle class
Facts About Kenya 7: Jomo Kenyatta National Airport is the biggest airport in East Africa.
Facts About Kenya 8: Kenyan environmentalist Professor Maathai won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. She was the first African woman to win that price
Facts About Kenya 9: Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya whith a height of 5199 meters.
Facts About Kenya 10: The Majority of the people in Kenya are Protestants.
Facts About Kenya 11: About 70 percent of Kenyans are Christians, about 25 percent are adherents of indigenous religions while the remaining 5 to 6 percent are Muslims. There are also Hindus, Sikhs, Parsees, and Bahai’s particularly among the Asian communities.
Facts About Kenya 12: Embu tribe in Kenya is famous for dancing on stilts performed by men wearing long black coats and white masks?
Facts About Kenya 13: Kenya’s wildlife is unrivalled by any other in the world, both in terms of numbers and variety of species. Thousands of tourists visit Kenya every year to view the wild life particularly the wildebeest migration. Animals such as lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, rhino, giraffe, zebra, crocodiles, hippopotamus, gazelles, cheetahs, hyena and a wide range of bird species can all be found in Kenya.
Facts About Kenya 14: About 2000 B.C.. Scientists discovered the earliest-known remains of human beings in Kenya. Although very little is known about these people but it’s believed that they are the ancestors of today’s Kenyans.
Facts About Kenya 15: Masai People, a tribe in Kenya are tall and slender and are known for their skill in the use of weapons and their strongly independent ways.
Facts About Kenya 16: English, Swahili and Numerous indigenous languages are spoken widely in Kenya. Swahili is also called ‘Kiswahili’.
Facts About Kenya 17: The Currency of Kenya is shilling, one shilling = 100 cents.
Facts About Kenya 18: Kenya won independence in 1963 and has been a republic since 1964.
Facts About Kenya 19: In the world stage of sporting activities, Kenya is best known for Athletics
Facts About Kenya 20: About 99% of Kenya’s population is made up of black Africans but there are also white Kenyans.
Fun Facts About Kenya – 10 Kenya Fun Facts
- Before marriage Kenyans still pay a dowry to the bride’s family, which starts at 10 cows.
- Everyone wants to know what you think of Obama.
- Corn is the top commodity.
- Kenyans’ are very well dressed people.
- There is no such thing as personal space.
- Sleeping under a mosquito net is like making a tent in the living room when you were a little kid.
- For the Kenyans, coffee is considered an export product, not something for local consumption. The local favorites are tea and beer.
- Kenyans usually drink their beverages either room temperature or hot never cold.
- The men of Kenya are allowed to have more than one wife.
- In Swahili the word “chai” means tea . . . so in America when we order a chai tea we are actually saying tea tea.