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Kenya Country Guide


East Africa.


GMT + 3.


582,646 sq km (224,961 sq miles).


38.5 actor (2008).

Population Density

66 per sq km.




Kenya shares borders with Ethiopia in the north, Sudan in the northwest, Uganda in the west, Tanzania in the south and Somalia in the northeast. To the east lies the Indian Ocean. The country is disconnected into four regions: the barren chastening of the north; the savannah acreage of the south; the abundant lowlands forth the coast; and highlands in the west, area the basic Nairobi is situated. Northwest of Nairobi runs the Rift Valley, dotted with lakes and absolute the boondocks of Nakuru, while added west the Aberdare Civic Esplanade is disregarded by Mount Kenya (5,200m/17,000ft), which additionally is a civic park. In the far northwest is Lake Turkana (formerly Lake Rudolph), and in the southwest is Kenya's allotment of Lake Victoria.

Kenya is a multicultural society; in the arctic alive Somalis and the drifting Hamitic peoples (Rendille, Samburu and Turkana); in the south and eastern lowlands are Kamba and Masai; the Luo alive about Lake Victoria. The better accumulation is the Kikuyu of the axial highlands who accept commonly been ascendant in business and politics, although this is now changing. A baby European face citizenry charcoal in the highlands, complex in agriculture and commerce.


Republic. Gained ability from the UK in 1963.

Head of State

President Emilio Mwai Kibaki back 2002.

Head of Government

Prime Abbot Raila Odinga back 2008.


President Mwai Kibaki claimed achievement in arguable presidential elections in December 2007. His swearing-in for a additional appellation in appointment prompted a beachcomber of agitation beyond the country and 300 bodies were dead in the action that followed the polls. Opposition applicant Raila Odinga alone Kibaki's achievement and accused the government of accouterment the result. International assemblage additionally bidding doubts about the poll, and alleged for an absolute enquiry. After accord negotiations, Odinga was awarded the column of prime abbot in a fresh affiliation government amid the Party of Civic Unity (PNU) and the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).


Kiswahili is the civic accent and English is the official language. The agreement Swahili and Kiswahili are acclimated interchangeably, admitting the appellation Swahili commonly refers to the bodies while Kiswahili refers to the language. There are over 42 indigenous languages spoken, including Kikuyu and Luo.


Mostly acceptable but there is a abundant Christian citizenry (both Catholic and Protestant) and the majority of bodies active forth the bank are Muslim.


220/240 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are UK-type aboveboard three-pin.

Social Conventions

Western European habits abound throughout abundant of Kenya as a aftereffect of British influences in the country. Kenyans are about actual friendly. The accustomed greeting of ‘hello' back acclamation an alone is Jambo, to which the acknowledgment is additionally Jambo. The greeting for a accumulation is Hamjambo to which the acknowledgment is Hatujambo. Bodies are captivated if visitors can accost them in Kiswahili. Dress is breezy and accidental failing clothes are accustomed for all but the smartest amusing occasions. Because of its Muslim influence, the bank is a little added bourgeois than the blow of the country. Away from the beach, women and men should dress accurately and awning up bald accoutrements and legs. Alcohol is alone accessible in the day-tripper areas on the coast.