30 Interesting Facts About Kenya

Last updated on November 14th, 2017

Facts about Kenyan economy, trade, and sports

#22. The main economic activity in Kenya is farming. The country is among the top exporters of coffee, tea, flowers, and pyrethrum. Due to their quality, Kenyan coffee and tea is normally grabbed the moment it reaches the international market.

#23. Mining is also another common economic activity carried out in Kenya. Kenya is a land full of resources and just recently, the government discovered the existence of oil.

#24. Other economic activities include fishing and trade. Kenya has many rivers and lakes, making it easy for fishermen to have big catches. Trade activities include selling clothes and basic commodities.

#25. Entertainment is a crucial aspect of Kenyans’ lives. The most common forms of local entertainment include traditional dancing, storytelling and bullfighting.

#26. However, that does not mean that other forms of entertainment are lacking. On weekends, most Kenyan youths throng city clubs to watch various sports, including football, basketball, rugby and other athletics endeavors.

#27. It should not be forgotten that Kenya is the home of long distance running. Movie producers often include a joke or two about Kenyans and their terrific record in long-distance races in films depicting runners.

On August 9, 2012 at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, David Rudisha led from start to finish to win gold in what was called “The Greatest 800 Meter Race Ever.” In doing so, he became the first and, so far, only runner to break the 1:41 barrier for the 800 m race. (Wikipedia)

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David Rudisha, 2012 Gold medalist at Summer Olympics. Image source

#28. Kenya is a politically stable country that has never experienced a major civil unrest. Headed by the President and his Deputy, the country has well-defined structures that make it ideal for foreigners to carry out businesses.

#29. Kenya promulgated its new constitution in 2010, thereby introducing a bicameral house composed of a senate and parliament. The country also has a system of governance enabled through its 47 counties.

#30. The most unique thing about Kenyan politics is that parties are never meant to last. Political parties are often formed just to fulfill the ambitions of politicians, and once the elections are over, the parties are dissolved.

Map of Kenya

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Map of Kenya

Kenya – country at a glance

Independence12 December 1963 (from the UK)
Capital CityNairobi
(1°16′S 36°48′E)
Largest CityNairobi
(1°16′S 36°48′E)
Total area580,367 sq km
Population46,790,758 (2016 estimate)
Official LanguageEnglish, Swahili
BordersSomalia, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan.
CurrencyKenyan shilling (KES)
ReligionChristianity, Hinduism, Islam, Sikhs, Parsees, Bahais
DemonymKenyan
Life expectancy64 Years (2016)
Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
Climatevaries from tropical along coast to arid in interior
Terrainlow plains rise to central highlands bisected by Great Rift Valley; fertile plateau in west
Natural resourceslimestone, soda ash, salt, gemstones, fluorspar, zinc, diatomite, gypsum, wildlife, hydropower
Agricultural land48.1%
Birth rate25.1 births/1,000 population (2016 est.)
Death rate6.8 deaths/1,000 population (2016 est.)
Sex ratio1 male(s)/female (2016 est.)
National symbollion
National colorsblack, red, green, white
National anthem"Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu" (Oh God of All Creation)
Government typepresidential republic
PresidentUhuru Kenyatta
Deputy PresidentWilliam Ruto
Literacy78%
Suffrage18 years of age; universal
Industriessmall-scale consumer goods (plastic, furniture, batteries, textiles, clothing, soap, cigarettes, flour), agricultural products, horticulture, oil refining; aluminum, steel, lead; cement, commercial ship repair, tourism
Exports$6.363 billion (2016 est.)
tea, horticultural products, coffee, petroleum products, fish, cement

Imports$16.34 billion (2016 est.)
machinery and transportation equipment, petroleum products, motor vehicles, iron and steel, resins and plastics
GDP - per capita (PPP)$3,400 (2016 est.)
Time ZoneEAT (UTC+3)
Internet country code.ke
Calling Code+254
Drives on theLeft
Data sourcesCIA, Wikipedia
Table last updatedAugust 25, 2017