10 Facts About Kenya

10 Facts About Kenya

1. Kenya, officially the Republic of Kenya, is a country in East Africa. It has a population of 47,615,739 (July 2017 est.) With these facts about Kenya, let us learn about its history, geography, culture, economics, people and much more.

2. Dr. Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Novel Peace Prize, was born in Kenya in 1940. Unfortunately, she died of cancer in 2011. She was known as a fearless social activist and an environmental crusader. 

3. A good portion of land in Kenya is covered by a mass of water. Apart from the Indian Ocean at the coast, Kenya has several lakes, both freshwater and salty. Some of these lakes include Lake Victoria, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha and Lake Bogoria, among others. The country also has many rivers, making it possible for visitors to travel by boats instead of cars.

4. With a population comprising of at least 40 ethnic groups, more than 60 languages are spoken in Kenya.

5. The two official languages of Kenya are English and Swahili, but there are dozens of indigenous languages spoke throughout the country.

6. Kenya’s main exports include herbs and tea. They also produce a substantial amount of oil, but most of it is used within their country, or exported to some of the neighboring countries.

7. The country’s main imports include machinery, vehicles, plastics and transport equipment.

8. Tourism is a huge generator of income for Kenya. People come to the country to see the nature, and go on safaris.

9. Kenya is widely known around the world for its distance runners. The country frequently has runners win Olympic medals for middle and distance running.

10. Kenya has a liberal economy.  A liberal economy is an economy that operates without the interference of the government. In Kenya, the government leaves the market to set the prices for different commodities. It only intervenes to set the price for commodities are essential to Kenyans.