Kenya Fact File

Kenya Fact File

Quick facts about Kenya

Full country name: Republic of Kenya

  • Area: 583,000 sq km
  • Population: 30,339,770
  • Capital city: Nairobi
  • People: 28% Kikuyu, 18% Luhya, 15% Luo, 12% Kalenjin, 11% Kamba, 6% Kisii, 6% Meru, 16% other
  • Languages: English, Swahili, indigenous.
  • Religion: 40% Protestant, 36% Roman Catholic, 16% Muslim, 6% Animist
  • Government: Republic (multiparty state)
  • President: Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta
  • GDP: US$42.4 billion
  • GDP per head: US$1525
  • Annual growth: 1.6%
  • Inflation: 2.5%
  • Major industries: small-scale consumer goods (plastic, furniture, batteries, textiles, soap, cigarettes, flour), agricultural processing, oil refining, cement, tourism
  • Major trading partners: Uganda, Tanzania, UK, Germany, UAE, South Africa
Facts for the Traveler
  • Visas: All visitors require a visa except citizens of some Commonwealth countries and citizens of selected countries such as Denmark, Germany, the Republic of Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain, South Africa and Sweden. Apply well in advance for your visa - especially if doing it by mail.
  • Health risks: Malaria (except in Nairobi and high-altitude areas), cholera, hepatitis, meningitis, mugging, typhoid, schistosomisis, HIV, Rift Valley fever and yellow fever.
  • Time: GMT/UTC + 3
  • Electricity: 240V
  • Weights & measures: Metric
  • Tourism: About 700,000 visitors per year
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