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Geography
Location : Eastern Africa, Total: 3,477 km border land.
Bordering Countries : Ethiopia 861 km, Somalia 682 km, Sudan 232 km, Tanzania 769 km, and Uganda 933 km.
Geographic Coordinates : 1 00 N, 38 00 E

nairobi city

Area
Total : 582,650 sq km
Land : 569,250 sq km
Water : 13,400 sq km

Climate : varies from tropical along coast to arid in interior.

Elevation extremes:
lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
highest point: Mount Kenya 5,199 m.
Natural Resources : gold, limestone, soda ash, salt, rubies, fluorspar, garnets, wildlife, hydropower.
Land Use : arable land: 8.08%, permanent crops: 0.98%, other: 90.94% (2001).
Environment – International Agreements
Party to : Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Marine Life Conservation, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands, and Whaling.

Population : 33 Million (2004 est.)
Religions : Protestant 45%, Roman Catholic 33%, indigenous beliefs 10%, Muslim 10%, other 2%.
Languages : English (Official), Kiswahili (National), numerous indigenous languages spoken among the 43 Ethnic Groups.
Government :
the type of government is Republic.

Capital City : Nairobi

Administrative Divisions: 7 provinces and 1 area*; Central, Coast, Eastern, Nairobi Area*, North Eastern, Nyanza, Rift Valley, Western

Economy – Overview
Kenya is the regional hub for trade and finance in East and Central Africa. The country has experience economic growth since 2003. In 2003, progress was made in rooting out corruption, and encouraging donor support, with GDP growth edging up to 1.7%.

GDP: purchasing power parity – $33.03 billion (2003 est.)
GDP – real growth rate: 5.8% (2005.)
GDP – per capita: purchasing power parity – $1,000 (2003 est.)
GDP – composition by sector: agriculture: 19.7%, industry: 18.6%, services: 61.8% (2003 est.)
Investment (gross fixed): 14.3% of GDP (2003)