Facts About Kenya

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Country Report 1. What is the population? What is its average population density? Population is 32,021,856 people. The Population density is 136 per square mile.

2. What is the general climate? Its' precipitation? Its' temperature ranges? The general climate of Kenya is divided into two almost equal parts by the equator. The region North of the equator is hot and dry and receives comparatively little rain. The Southern region falls into three different weather/conditions zones: The coast is more humid, the average annual temperature ranges from about 24.4º C (about 76º F) in June and July to about 27.8º C (about 82º F) in February, March, and April; the highlands are relatively mild; the Lake Victoria region is more tropical. The rainy seasons occur from October to December and April to June.

3. What is the national capital? Nairobi 4. Describe your country, according to the "location" and "place", which are found in the Five Themes of Geography.

Kenya is located in Africa. The country is split almost in half by the equator. It is in Eastern Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, between Somalia and Tanzania 1.00 N, 38.00 E. The Physical characteristics consist of mountains, the highest being Mt. Kilimanjaro, rivers, and Lakes. Lake Victoria is a beautiful lake on the borders of 3 countries. Some of the Human Characteristics are how some of the forests have been cut down for farm land or pastures. Some of the Human/Environmental Interaction doesn't really change Kenya. The tribes that lived and still live there don't take much from the country. Nowadays people are trying to Modernize it and so that is effecting Kenya in both good and bad ways. Movement and region are displayed when Kenya trades with other countries.

5. What major language group are they part of? What other languages do they speak? The main language spoken is Swahili. Nearly all the African ethnic groups in Kenya have their own distinct languages, some of which are closely related. Since the early 20th century Swahili has become a major African tongue or language, and it is the official language of Kenya; Kikuyu, Luo, and English are also used.

6. What kind of government do they use? In your opinion, does the government provide a lot of freedom (F) partial freedom (PF) of very little/no freedom (NF)? Kenya is a Republic within the Commonwealth of Nations. In my opinion the government gives (F). It depends on what province your in but for the most part it has a lot of Freedom.

7. Are there any cities over one million in population? If so, what are they? Yes. They are - Nairobi, with a population of 2,510,800 and including the urban areas surrounding it the population is 3,043,100.

8. What are the major natural resources? How is the land used? The major natural resources are pastures. They raise animals on it and about 4% of the land supports crops 9. What seems to be the nations largest industry/business? How do you know? What seems to be the nations largest industry is trading and raising things to sell. I know this because of what their money goes to and because of what they raise and sell. They're not big on Material things like the US.

10. What are the nations major exports? Imports? The nations biggest Exports are tea, coffee, fruits and vegetables, petroleum products, hides and skins, sisal, soda ash, and pyrethrum extract (used in insecticides). Imports came mainly from the United Arab Emirates, Great Britain, Germany, and Japan. The highest imported things are crude petroleum, industrial machinery, motor vehicles, iron and steel, agricultural implements, pharmaceuticals, and fertilizer 11. What conclusion(s) can you make from your nations major exports and imports? I can conclude that they seem export less than they are importing. So they might be getting poorer because of this.

12. What is the per capita income? The per capita income is $322.

13. In your opinion, is your nation rich or poor? Give evidence to support your answer. I think my nation is neither rich nor poor. They're a developing country and are in the middle of the richness and poorest chart.

14. What are the major religion(s)? The Roman Catholics make up an estimated 27% of the Kenyan population; members of other Christian denominations make up about 46%. The country is about 6% Muslim. The remainder of the population mainly follows traditional African tribal religions.

15. What are several national holidays and what is celebrated/commemorated? Some national holidays in Kenya are .

16. Describe a unique or interesting cultural expression, practice, or event. One of the unique cultural traditions that go on is herding cattle. Most of the Samburu people in Kenya still herd their herds, though now some herd Camels because they can live longer in the hot climate.

17. What is the literacy rate? Briefly describe your country's educational system. About 77% of the adults can read and write. The first 8 years of school are free and are not mandatory, the government pays. There is about 8 Universities you can go to if you finish your schooling.

18. What do many/most of the people do for entertainment/recreation? 19. Are there people of your nation living in America/Idaho? If so, where? Yes, but I don't know the exact location.

20. WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD MAKE PEOPLE WANT TO VISIT YOUR NATION? I think what might make people want to visit would be (1.) the beautiful scenery. The mountains, the lakes and rivers, the valleys and last but not least the GORGOUS coastline. (2.) The people there are so nice and helpful and would make a stay as comfortable as possible even at their own expense. And (3.) Kenya is just such a great place to let it all go and relax and take in the culture and be a part of them.