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View of Kilimanjaro from Amboseli National Park, Kenya
View of Mount Kilimanjaro from Amboseli National Park in southern Kenya. The dormant volcano is located in Tanzania
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Location map of Kenya. Where in Africa is Kenya?
Location map of Kenya
Destination Kenya, a country in East Africa bordering the Indian Ocean in south east, neighboring countries are Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.


With an area of 580,000 kmĀ², the country is somewhat larger than Metropolitan France or slightly more than twice the size of the U.S. state Nevada.

Kenya has a population of 46 million people (2015). Spoken languages are Swahili and English (both official), and numerous indigenous languages mainly Kikuyu and Luhya.

Largest and most populous city and the national capital of Kenya is Nairobi. Second largest city and the country's chief port is Mombasa.

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Republic of Kenya


Country Profile



Background:
Revered president and liberation struggle icon Jomo KENYATTA led Kenya from independence until his death in 1978, when 2nd President Daniel Toroitich arap MOI took power in a constitutional succession.
The country was a de facto one-party state from 1969 until 1982 when the ruling Kenya African National Union (KANU) made itself the sole legal party in Kenya. MOI acceded to internal and external pressure for political liberalization in late 1991. The ethnically fractured opposition failed to dislodge KANU from power in elections in 1992 and 1997, which were marred by violence and fraud, but are viewed as having generally reflected the will of the Kenyan people. President MOI stepped down in December of 2002 following fair and peaceful elections. Mwai KIBAKI, running as the candidate of the multiethnic, united opposition group, the National Rainbow Coalition, defeated KANU candidate Uhuru KENYATTA and assumed the presidency following a campaign centered on an anticorruption platform.
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)

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Official Name:
Republic of Kenya
conventional short form: Kenya
former: British East Africa.

ISO Country Code: ke
Actual Time: Fri-July-21  01:38
Local Time = UTC +3h

Country Calling Code: +254

Capital City: Nairobi (pop. 2.1 million)

Other Cities:
Mombasa (665 000), Kisumu (504 000), Nakuru (1.2 million).

Government:
Type: Republic.
Independence: 12 December 1963 (from UK).

Geography:
Location: Eastern Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, between Somalia and Tanzania.
Area: 580,000 km² (225,000 sq mi.)
Terrain: From a low coastal plain on the Indian Ocean in a series of mountain ridges and plateaus which stand above 3 000 meters (9 000 ft.) in the center of the country. The Rift Valley bisects the country above Nairobi, opening up to a broad arid plain in the north. Mountain plains cover the south before descending to the shores of Lake Victoria in the west.
Highest elevation: Mount Kenya (Kirinyaga, 5199 m)

Climate: Varies from the tropical south, west, and central regions to arid and semi-arid in the north and the northeast.

People:
Nationality: Kenyan(s).
Population: 46 million (2015)
Ethnic groups: African--Kikuyu 21%, Luhya 14%, Luo 13%, Kalenjin 11%, Kamba 11%, Kisii 6%, Meru 5%. Non-African--Asian, European, Arab 1%.
Religions: Protestant 40%, Roman Catholic 30%, Muslim 20%, indigenous beliefs 10%, .
Languages: English, Swahili, more than 40 local ethnic languages.
Literacy (in English): 59%.

Natural resources: Wildlife, land.

Agriculture Products: Tea, coffee, sugarcane, horticultural products.

Industries: Small-scale consumer goods (plastic, furniture, batteries, textiles, soap, cigarettes, flour), agricultural products processing; oil refining, cement; tourism.

Exports - commodities: tea, horticultural products, coffee, petroleum products, fish, cement.

Exports - partners: Uganda 11.2%, USA 8.3%, Tanzania 8.1%, Netherlands 7.4%, UK 6%, Pakistan 4.2% (2015)

Imports - commodities: machinery and transportation equipment, petroleum products, motor vehicles, iron and steel, resins and plastics.

Imports - partners: China 30%, India 15.5%, UAE 5.7%, USA 4.8%, Japan 4.7% (2015)

Currency: Kenyan Shilling (KES)

Kenya in Figures
Kenya key statistical data.

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Official Sites of Kenya


Kenya Government
Government of Republic of Kenya.

State House
President Mwai Kibaki's office.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Kenya
Official website of the ministry.

Diplomatic Missions
Kenya Mission to the United Nations
Embassy of the Republic of Kenya
Kenyan Embassy Web Site, Washington D.C.


East African Community (EAC)
Kenya is a meber state of EAC, a regional intergovernmental organization.

Statistics
Central Bureau of Statistics
Kenya infigures.

Kenya in Figures
Kenya key statistical data.

Weather
Kenya Meteorological Department
Kenya weather.


Maps

profile Political Map of Kenya
Detailed Map of Kenya.
profile Map of Kenya
Administrative Map of Kenya.

Google Earth Google Earth Kenya
Searchable map and satellite view of Kenya.
Google Earth Google Earth Nairobi
Searchable map and satellite view of Kenya's capital city.
Google EarthGoogle Earth Mombasa
Searchable map and satellite view of Mombasa.

Map of Africa
Relief Map of Africa.
Political Map of Africa
54 nations, 54 capitals plus major cities.

Nairobi and the Parliament of Kenya, seen from the Kenyatta International Conference Centre tower
Parliament of Kenya seen from the Kenyatta International Conference Centre tower.
Image: Ruslik0
 

News


Kenya news online

Daily Nation
Kenya's biggest daily paper.
The Standard
The East African Online Edition.
The East African
Kenyan weekly news.

TV/Radio
Kenya Broadcasting Corporation
State owned radio and TV corporation (English and Swahili)
 

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Arts & Culture


National Museums of Kenya
Art and culture of central Africa.
 
 

Business & Economy


Central Bank of Kenya
Kenya's central bank is located in Nairobi.

Nairobi Securities Exchange
The former Nairobi Stock Exchange.

Investment Promotion Centre
Official website of the Kenya Investment Authority.


__Products of Kenya
Horticulture
Fruits, Flowers, Vegetables.

Yellow Pages Kenya

__Transportation
Airkenya Aviation
A privately owned limited liability company, was formed in 1985 from the merger of Air Kenya and Sunbird Aviation.
Kenya Airways
The national carrier.
 
Lioness - Nairobi National Park
Nairobi National Park
@  Kenya Tourist Board


Kenya Boating
Fishermen boats

Peaks of Mount Kenya
Section of the peaks of Mount Kenya, highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro. Mount Kenya National Park official website is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Image: Mara008

Travel and Tour Consumer Information


Destination Kenya - Travel and Tour Guides


Discover Kenya: Mombasa, Nairobi, Lake Victoria, Great Rift Valley, Maasai Mara, Meru, Amboseli National Park, Tsavo East National Park.

Find accommodation, hotels, camps, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, birding, wildlife, game viewing, lions, tours and much more.


MagicalKenya.com
The official Kenya destination website of Kenya Tourist Board.

Visit Kenya
A Kenya Travel Guide.


Camps and Hotels
Galdessa Camp
Eco-tourism tented lodge situated in Tsavo East National Park.

Governors Camps
Luxury Safari Camps throughout Kenya.

Elephants in Amboseli
Elephants in Amboseli
© Kenya Tourist Board

Education


Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT)
Established in 1981, it will be one of the five campuses of the new Pan African University (PAU), founded in 2011.
Kenyatta University
The University status was achieved in 1985.
Moi University
Higher Education since 1984, Eldoret.
University of Nairobi (UoN)
Established as University of East Africa in 1963. Today UoN runs seven campuses in the capital city.
 
 
Gnus and Zebras in Maasai Mara National Reserve in Narok County, Kenya
Gnus and Zebras in Maasai Mara National Reserve, a large game reserve in Narok County, Kenya.
Image: Key45


Environment & Nature


Kenya Wildlife Service
Site dedicated to Kenya's National Parks and Reserves.
Kenya Birds
All about the Birds of Kenya.
Kenya Wildlife Service
Site about Kenya's rich wildlife and nature.
Nature Kenya
The East Africa Natural History Society - Nature Kenya is the society that takes action for biodiversity conservation in Kenya.
Serengeti
The National Park's Official Site, Serengeti includes parts of northern Tanzania and southern Kenya.
The Tsavo Man-Eating Lions
What happened at the Tsavo River bridge construction site in 1898? Wikipedia article about the Tsavo Man-Eaters.
 
Serengeti
Kenya's rich wildlife
© Kenya Tourist Board

History


Kenyan History
The history of Kenya presented by the Embassy of the Republic of Kenya.

History of Kenya
Comprehensive Wikipedia article about Kenya's history.
 
 

Sources and additional Information on Kenya


Africa South of the Sahara: Kenya

Amnesty International: Kenya

BBC Country Profile: Kenya

FAO: Kenya

GlobalEDGE: Kenya

The Heritage Foundation: Kenya

Human Rights Watch - Kenya

OEC: Kenya

Reporters Without Borders: Kenya

Wikipedia: Kenya

The World Factbook -- Kenya
 
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