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 Facts About Kenya

  • Kenya was a British colony from 1895 until 1963. It became a republic in 1964.
  • Kenya is the 47th largest country in the world, approximately the size of Texas.
  • There are around 44 million people living in Kenya, 52% of who live below the poverty line. It has a very small middle-class population.
  • Kenya has a young population with 73% being under 30 years old.
  • About 70% of Kenyans are Christian, 25% follow indigenous religions and the remaining 5% are Muslim (mostly in the eastern provinces). There are also small numbers of Hindus, Sikhs, Parsees and Bahai’s.
  • English and Swahili are the official languages of Kenya. There are also over 65 local languages spoken, including Kikuyu, Luhya and Luo.
  • Kenya’s biggest exports are tea and coffee. Other important agricultural crops include sugar, sisal, and maize.
  • Tourism accounts for 25% of Kenya’s GDP, while wildlife tourism accounts for 70% of that total.
  • Kenyan environmentalist Professor Wangar Maathai was the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. She was also the first woman from East and Central Africa to earn her PhD.
  • According to WaterAid.org, 16.5 million Kenyans do not have access to clean water, while 30.4 million do not have access to proper sanitation.

 Map

map of Musoli, Kenya