ABOUT KENYA

Kenya

Kenya

A country in East Africa, the Republic of Kenya borders the Indian Ocean to the southeast, Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, Sudan to the northwest, Ethiopia to the north, and Somalia to the northeast. Lake Victoria is shared between Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya. The capital is Nairobi. The total area is 58,000 sq. km and the population is 39 million. There are over 40 different ethnic groups in Kenya. Mount Kenya is the second highest in Africa and the country takes its name from the mountain.

General Information:
Meaning of Country’s name: Kenya was named after Mount Kenya from the Kikuyu name Kere-Nyaga (“Mountain of Whiteness”)
Capital:Nairobi
Largest Cities:Nairobi and Mombasa
Population:45,941,977
Country Code:254
Internet Country Code:.ke
Area:224,080 mi² (580,367 km²)
Area-Comparative: Slightly more than twice the size of Nevada
Bordering Countries: Ethiopia, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, and Sudan
Date of Founding (Current State):December 12, 1963
Languages Spoken:Swahili, English, Kikuyu, Luo, Kamba, somali, Masai, Turkana, Nandi, Galla, Suk
Religions Practiced:Catholic, Protestant, Hindu
GDP per Capita:$1,800 (2013 est.)
Latest GDP Growth Rate:5.80% (in the second quarter of 2014)
Top Exports:Tea, Coffee, Wheat, Petroleum products
Money Currency:Kenyan shilling
Random Fact:Nairobi, the capital of Kenya is the safari capital of the world

Nairobi

Nairobi is the capital and largest city in Kenya. The name "Nairobi" comes from the Maasai phrase EnkareNyirobi, which translates to "the place of cool waters". However, it is popularly known as the "Green City in the Sun".

Nairobi Flag Founded in 1899 as a simple rail depot on the railway linking Mombasa to Uganda, the town quickly grew to become the capital of British East Africa in 1907 and eventually the capital of a free Kenyan republic in 1963. With an estimated population of 4 million, Nairobi occupies 684 square kilometers and is currently the 13th largest city in Africa.Now one of the most prominent cities in Africa both politically and financially, Nairobi is an established hub for business and culture and is home to many companies and organizations, including the United Nations Environment Programme and the UN Office in Africa.

WHEN IN NAIROBI…Explore…

One of a kind in the world, Nairobi city is bordered by the Nairobi National park which contains many animals including lions and giraffes and is home to over 400 species of birds. The Nairobi safari walk is a major attraction to the park as it offers a rare on-foot experience of the animals.

Nairobi is home to a lot of cuisines, the restaurants offer a selection of world class African, Mediterranean, European Oriental and cuisines. Nyamachoma is an exciting eating experience and an integral part of Kenyan culture, best eaten outdoors.

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