Kenya Openarms!



Name: Republic of Kenya


Johanna from Concepción, Chile with Baraka; “a Black Tamed Rhino”, Kenya Openarms!

(“Baraka was the first rhino to be born in the wild on Ol Pejeta, Kenya”)

Land area: 219,788 sq mi (569,251 sq km); total area:224,961 sq mi (582,650 sq km)

Masai mara, Kenya

Ralf from Santiago de Chile at the Maasai Mara, Kenya Openarms!


Population (2012 est.):43,013,341 (growth rate: 2.444%); birth rate: 31.93/1000; infant mortality rate: 43.41/1000; life expectancy: 63.07

Capital and largest city (2009 est.): Nairobi, 3.375 million & Mombasa, 966,000

Monetary unit: Kenya shilling

National name: Jamhuri ya Kenya

Languages: English (official), Swahili (national), and numerous indigenous languages

Ethnicity/race: Kikuyu 22%; Luhya 14%; Luo 13%; Kalenjin 12%; Kamba 11%; Kisii 6%; Meru 6%; other African 15%; Asian, European, and Arab 1%

Religions: Protestant 45%, Roman Catholic 33%, indigenous beliefs 10%, Islam 10%, others 2% (note: estimates vary widely)

National Holiday: Independence Day, December 12

Literacy rate: 87.4% (2010 est.)

Economic summary: GDP/PPP(2011 est.): $72.34 billion; per capita $1,800. Real growth rate:5%.

Inflation: 14%.Unemployment: 40% (2008 est.).Arable land: 8.01%. Agriculture:tea, coffee, corn, wheat, sugarcane, fruit, vegetables; dairy products, beef, pork, poultry, eggs. Labor force: 18.39 million; agriculture 75%, industry and services 25% (2007 est.).Industries: small-scale consumer goods (plastic, furniture, batteries, textiles, soap, cigarettes, flour), agricultural products, oil refining; aluminum, steel, lead; cement, commercial ship repair, tourism. Natural resources: limestone, soda ash, salt, gemstones, fluorspar, zinc, diatomite, gypsum, wildlife, hydropower. Exports: $5.768 billion (2011 est.): tea, horticultural products, coffee, petroleum products, fish, cement.Imports: $13.49 billion (2009 est.): machinery and transportation equipment, petroleum products, motor vehicles, iron and steel, resins and plastics. Major trading partners: Uganda, UK, U.S., Netherlands, Tanzania, UAE, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, India, China, Congo

Member of Commonwealth of Nations

Communications: Telephones:main lines in use: 460,100 (2009); mobile cellular: 24.969 million (2009). Broadcast media:about a half-dozen privately-owned TV stations and a state-owned TV broadcaster that operates 2 channels; satellite and cable TV subscription services available; state-owned radio broadcaster operates 2 national radio channels and provides regional and local radio services in multiple languages; a large number of private radio stations, including provincial stations broadcasting in local languages; transmissions of several international broadcasters available (2007). Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 69,914 (2010).Internet users: 3.996 million (2009).

Transportation: Railways: total: 2,066 km (2008). Roadways:total: 160,886 km; paved: 11,197 km; unpaved: 149,689 km (2008).Waterways: none specifically (the only significant inland waterway in the country is the part of Lake Victoria within the boundaries of Kenya; Kisumu is the main port and has ferry connections to Uganda and Tanzania) (2011).Ports and terminals: Kisumu, Mombasa. Airports: 194 (2012).



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