Kenya Facts

  • Republic of Kenya or Kenya
  • Former: British East Africa
  • Capital: Nairobi
  • 8 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time

Kenya is made up of 7 provinces and 1 area

  • Central
  • Coast
  • Eastern
  • North Eastern
  • Nyanza
  • Rift Valley
  • Western
  • Nairobi Area

Independence/National holiday: December 12, 1963

Flag Description: three equal horizontal bands of black, red, and green; the red band is edged in white; a large Maasai warrior’s shield covering crossed spears is superimposed at the center; black symbolizes the majority population, red the blood shed in the struggle for freedom, green stands for natural wealth, and white for peace; the shield and crossed spears symbolize the defense of freedom.


  • Unemployment rate: 40% (2008 est.)
  • Population below poverty line: 50% (2000 est.)
  • Population: 43,013,341 (July 2012 est.)
  • Median age: 18.8 years
  • Largest cities: Nairobi 3.375 million; Mombassa 966,000; (2009)

The information above is from the CIA World Factbook.