Kenya Country Background
Republic of Kenya, one of the most developed countries in Africa, is located on the eastern side of the continent lying across the equator.
Mentioned below are some important facts that provide an ample description about the country’s background.
- Also described as the “cradle of humanity”, Kenya is bordered by Ethiopia to the north, Somalia to the east, Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, Sudan to the northwest and Indian Ocean on the southeast border.
- Republic of Kenya is named after Mt. Kenya, which is Africa’s second highest peak. Geographically, Kenya is diversified with the terrains made up of low plains that rise for central highlands. These are intersected by the Great Rift Valley. The climate also ranges from tropical along the coast to arid in the interiors.
- English and Kiswahii are the official languages of Kenya. Kenya is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world with more than 40 ethnic groups living in the country. Some of these groups include Kikuyu, Luhya, Luo, Kalenjin, Kisil, Meru, Masai, Turkana, Embu and other African and non-African communities. Majority of these people are Protestants. However, there are significant numbers of people who belong to other religions including Roman Catholics, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and those believing in Baha’I faith.
- Kenya is an interesting destination for paleontologists as they consider this land to be the base of earliest human existence. The country got independent in the year 1963. Government in Kenya is known as the presidential representative democratic republic, where the president is the head of the state and the government.
- Important occupation of the people in Kenya is agriculture. The country also has rich natural and mineral deposits that include gold, limestone, soda ash, salt and rubies.