|Capital city ||Nairobi |
|Total area (square kilometres) ||582,650 |
|Population total || 29,300,000 |
|Official language ||Swahili (but over 30 other languages are also spoken) |
|National currency ||shillings and cents |
|GNP per capita ||350 |
|Proportion of population living on less than US$1 a day ||27% |
Information gathered from:
- Statistics on International Development (DFID, 2000)
- World Desk Reference (Dorling Kindersley, 2000)
- The World Factbook
- The World Guide (New Internationalist Publications, 1999)
Kenya straddles the equator on Africa’s east coast.
Kenya takes its name from Mount Kenya or ‘Kirinyaga’, which means the mountain of whiteness.
In 1963 Kenya gained independence
Kenya has few natural resources
, so agriculture is very important to the country’s economy. Kenya’s two largest exports are tea and coffee.
Tourism is a growth area in Kenya; almost 500,000 tourists visited Kenya in 1996 and many people are employed in tourism-related industries.