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General Information
Location Kenya lies across the equator on the East coast of Africa. It borders Somalia, Ethiopia and Sudan to the North, Uganda to the West, Tanzania to the South and the Indian Ocean to the East.
Area Covers an area of 582,646 sq km.
Administrative
Divisions
8 Provinces including the Nairobi area. Provinces are: Central, Coast, Eastern, Nyanza, Rift Valley, Western and North Eastern. These provinces are divided into administrative areas known as Districts.
Climate Pleasant and favourable with plenty of sunshine all year round. Rainfall is sometimes heavy around April to May while some areas are more cloudy though without much rain around July/August.
Population Estimated at 29 million (1999)
Religion 40% Protestant, 30% Roman Catholic, 6% Muslim, 23% other religious believes.
Capital City Nairobi; population approximately 2.0 million.
Major Towns Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu, Eldoret.Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu.
National
Language
Kiswahili. Other 42 ethnic languages are also spoken in Kenya.
Official
Language
English
Independence
Day
December 12, 1963 (Jamhuri Day) - independence from British colonial rule.
Politics and
Government
Democratic Government with Political Pluralism. The President is the Head of State and Government. The Constitution is the supreme law of the State. It establishes and determines the composition, powers and duties of the main organs of government namely the executive, the legislature and the judiciary.
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