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Did You Know Kenya Has The 31st Largest Population In The World? Here Are Other Interesting Facts To Know About The African Country

How well do you know Kenya? Well, we are about to find out. Here are some interesting facts you should know about the country.

  • Kenya is located in East Africa, on the equator.
  • In 2012, the population of Kenya was estimated to be around 43 million.
  • Kenya is officially known as the Republic of Kenya.
  • The capital and largest city is Nairobi. Mombasa is the second largest city.
  • The two official languages in Kenya are English and Swahili, although there are dozens of other languages spoken in various parts of the country.
  • Kenya shares Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest fresh water lake, with Tanzania and Uganda.
  • Kenya features many national parks and wildlife reserves, with safaris being a popular activity for visitors.
  • Agriculture is important to Kenya’s economy, especially tea, coffee and flowers.
  • Large animals such as lions, buffalo, leopards, elephants and rhinoceros are present in Kenya.
  • Kenya is roughly the same size of Texas at 362,040 square miles.
  • After coffee, Kenya’s biggest income generator is tourism.
  • For the Kenyans, however, coffee is considered an export product, not something for local consumption. The local favorites are tea and beer.
  • Kenyans usually drink their beverages hot or at room temperature. Hot beer, anyone?
  • Some of the oldest known paleontological records of man’s history have been found in Kenya.
  • Kenya’s Great Rift Valley was formed around 20 million years ago, when the crust of the Earth was split.
  • Most Kenyans are either very poor or very rich. Very few can be classified as middle class.
  • Before marriage Kenyans still pay a dowry to the bride’s family, which starts at 10 cows.
  • The men of Kenya are allowed to have more than one wife.
  • Kenyan environmentalist Professor Maathai won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. She was the first African woman to do so.
  • Kenya’s economy is a described as a liberal market without government control. The only thing that the government does control about the economy is certain commodity prices.
  • Telecommunication is the largest sector in Kenya’s economy. It comprises 62% of Kenya’s total GDP. Agriculture is next, which comprises 22% of the GDP.
  • Kenya was ruled by the British for almost 100 years. They gained their independence in 1963.
  • Kenya is the 49th largest country in the world.
  • Lake Turkana National Park and Mount Kenya national park are world heritage sites.
  • Kenya has the 31st largest population in the world.
  • The cheetah is the fastest animal in Kenya.
  • Kenya has over 100 types of birds.
  • There are 110 different types of bat found in Kenya.
  • Kenya Life expectancy at birth is 62 years for males and 65 years for females.
  • The largest ethnic group in Kenya is the Kikuyu representing 22% of the population.
  • Kenyans drive on the left hand side of the road.
  • Kenya has 194 airports
  • Kenya has 160,000 km of roads – that would take you around the world over six times.
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