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Kenya Country Profile

Kenya is located on the east coast of Africa,with the equator running almost straight through the middle of the country. Kenya is a sovereign state having achieved independence from British rule on 12th December 1963.

One year later on 12th December 1964 Kenya became a full - fledged Republic. Kenya is a member of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern African States (COMESA) Free Trade Area,East African Community (EAC),Commonwealth of Nations and the United Nations.

She has an area of 582,644 sq. km. of which 45,240 sq. km. (7.8%) is under wildlife conservation sanctuaries (national parks and reserves) The country shares common borders with Somalia (east),Ethiopia (north),Sudan (north-west),Uganda (west) and Tanzania (south). To the south- east lies the Indian Ocean making the country the maritime gateway to East and Central Africa.

1. Independence Day: 12 th December 1963
2. Area: 582,646 Square km
3. Location: East Coast of Africa 5 0 Latitude North, 4 0 South, 34 0 East
4. Population Estimated at 40.7 million in 2013
5. Official Language English
6. National Language Kiswahili
7. Capital Nairobi
8. Principal Towns Mombasa , Kisumu, Nakuru, Nyeri, Eldoret, Thika
9. Time Zone Three hours ahead of GMT
10. Business Hours Monday Friday 08:00 to 13.00 Hours and 14:00 to 17:00 Hours
  Banking Hours Monday Friday 09:00 to 15:00 Hours

1. GDP 5.4 (2014)
2. Currency Kenya Shilling
3. Exchange Rate US $1 = KShs 102.38 ( 2015)
4. Weights and Measures Metric System
5. Electricity 220 - 240 volts - (mainly 3 pin/square plugs)
6. Public Holidays 1 st January - New Year
Good Friday and Easter Monday
1.   1 st May - Labour Day
2. 1 st June - Madaraka Day
3. 20 th October - Mashujaa Day
4. 12 th December - Jamhuri Day
5. 25 th December - Christmas Day
26 th December - Boxing Day
Idd-ul-Ftr - End of Ramadhan.

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