Interesting Kenya Facts

Kenya is a coastal country located in Eastern Africa where it is bordered by Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and the Indian Ocean. It occupies 580,367 km2 of land. The estimated overall population of Kenya is over 49,699,862.

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Kenya Fact File: Continent: Africa * Country Name(s): Kenya, Republic of Kenya * Location: Eastern Africa * Bordering: Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and the Indian Ocean * Capital City: Nairobi * Size: 580,367 km2 * Estimated Population: over 49,699,862 * Currency: Kenyan shilling (KES) * Language(s): English, Kiswahili and Swahili * Country Code: +254

Interesting Kenya Facts for Kids

Interesting Facts for Kids 1: Size & location facts
Kenya is located on the continent of Africa, where it has a coastal position and is bordered by Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and the Indian Ocean. There are seven continents in the world: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Antarctica, Australia (Oceania). Africa is the second largest continent in the world, it has 54 countries, spans a total area of 30,370,000 km2 and forms 20.4% of the world's landmass. Kenya is a coastal country that stretches over a total area of approximately 580,367 km2. It is of average size when compared to other countries situated on the continent of Africa. The overall size of Kenya is very similar to that of Botswana.

Interesting Facts for Kids 2: Population facts
The population of this African country is over 49,699,862 people. The majority of Kenya's inhabitants reside in Nairobi which is the country's most populous city. Kenya has a high population when compared to most other countries across the world, its overall population density is approximately 67 people per sq km. The estimated population of Africa is approximately 1,186,178,000 inhabitants, making it the continent with the second largest population in the world. The continents in order of population, starting with highest population first, are: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Australia (Oceania Region) and Antarctica. The total population of the entire world is in excess of 7.6 billion people.

Interesting Facts for Kids 3: Capital & major cities
The capital city of Kenya is Nairobi. Other major cities located in this country include Mombasa, Nakuru, Eldoret, Kisumu and Thika.

Interesting Facts for Kids 4: Country borders
The following information provides a guideline to the approximate border lengths of Kenya:
Coastline 536 km, Ethiopia 867 km, Somalia 684 km, South Sudan 317 km, Tanzania 775 km, Uganda 814 km.

Interesting Facts for Kids 5: Climate and geography facts
Kenya generally has a hot, tropical climate with inner areas experiencing more arid conditions. The geography of Kenya is defined by its low areas of flatland, central highlands and fertile areas of elevation to the west. Mount Kenya is a very interesting geographical feature where glaciers can be found and an array of animal species can be seen living. Mount Kenya is the second highest mountain on the continent of Africa. The lowest point of Kenya is the Indian Ocean at 0m, and the highest point of elevation is Mount Kenya at 5,199m.

Interesting Facts for Kids 6: Natural Resources of Kenya
Natural resources can be described as materials and substances found naturally occurring on Earth. Natural resources are very important across the world, and can be exploited for economic gain. The level of natural resources present in an individual country depends on varying factors which are influenced by the geography, climate and location of that country. Some countries, such as Russia, The United States, Saudi Arabia and Canada, have many natural resources, where as some other countries have limited to none. Three of the primary uses of natural resources are food, transport and construction. The following examples provide information on the everyday uses of natural resources: Fish occurs naturally in many bodies of water and can be caught for food consumption. Crude oils can be refined into various fuels in order to power vehicles/cars. Wood/timber can be extracted from forests and used to construct houses and furniture. The natural resources found in Kenya include limestone, soda ash, salt, gemstones, fluorspar, zinc, diatomite, gypsum, wildlife and hydropower (water power).

Interesting Facts for Kids 7: Language facts
The official languages of Kenya are English and Kiswahili. Many indigenous languages are also spoken in this country.

Interesting Facts for Kids 8: Religion facts
The primary religion of Kenya is Christian at approximately 83% of the population, with the majority belonging to Protestant and Catholic religions. Around 11% are Muslim. The remaining population either belongs to other religions or no religion at all.

Interesting Facts for Kids 9: Symbols of Kenya
Each country has its own individual culture, history and identity. Flags, emblems, symbols, mottos, colors, anthems and songs represent the national pride and identity of countries worldwide. These national symbols are created through the unique history of a nation and can portray both hardship and prosperity, embodying freedom, strength and unity. Flags, emblems, colors, songs and mottos reflect the past, present and future aspirations of a country, and create an important image to the rest of the world. National symbols can include a mixture of things that are symbolic to a nation such as wildlife, plants, geographical features, crops, tools of agriculture, and tools of war. Here are some important facts on the symbols, songs and colors of Kenya:

  • National symbol(s): lion

  • National colors: black, red, green and white

  • National Anthem/Song: Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu (Translation: Oh God of All Creation)

  • National Holiday(s): Jamhuri Day (Independence Day), 12 December (1963)

  • National Motto(s): Harambee (Translation: All pull together)

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