Location, Location, Location: Kenya is located in Eastern Africa between Somalia and Tanzania bordering the Indian Ocean. The terrain is mostly low plains and fertile plateaus.
Government: Kenya is governed as a republic; however, government corruption is considered a serious concern.
Size Matters: The total land area of Kenya is 580,367 sq km, which stands as the 20th largest country on the African continent.
Cities: The national capital and largest city is Nairobi, which is divided into eight “divisions” and fifty “locations.”
Did You Know? The country is named after Mt. Kenya, the second largest mountain on the African continent and most notable landmark in the region.
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Population: As of July 2009, Kenya’s population was estimated at 39,002,772, making it the sixth most populous country in Africa and the 34th most populous country in the world.
Business Environment: Kenya was ranked the 82nd best country in the world for business in a 2009 Doingbusiness.com ranking, which was the second highest ranking for an African country.
Top Industries: In terms of paid jobs, the labor force in 2003 was divided between agriculture (75%) and services and industry (25%).
Taxes: Kenya sanctions a Corporate Income Tax of 30% and a Value Added Tax of 16%.
Weather: The climate in Kenya varies from tropical along the coast to arid in the interior regions.
Education: The World Bank estimates Kenya’s literacy rate at 80.7%. The country includes both public and private institutions of higher education in addition to government sponsored grade schools.
In General: Government corruption in Kenya has severely hampered the country’s economic development. Standing as a regional hub for trade and finance in the region, Kenya is still mainly dependent upon rain-fed agriculture and its growing tourism industry.
Services: The services sector revolves around Kenya’s tourism industry, which is focused around the capital city of Nairobi.
Industry: While standing as one of the most industrially developed countries in the region, Kenya’s manufacturing is still relatively limited. For example, there are shortages in power sources and the government restricts even leading industries, including food-processing and the fabrication of consumer goods.
Agriculture: The agriculture sector dominates Kenya’s economy, with the most important cash crops, including tea, coffee and horticulture produce. Most recent statistics show that nearly half of Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is related to agriculture production, which employs almost 75% of the workforce.
Did you know? It is estimated that bribery and corruption cost the Kenyan economy over $1 billion each fiscal year.
Sources: In addition to specific citations noted in this “Career Information” section, supplementary source materials include: the CIA World Factbook, Worldwidetax.com and Wikipedia.com.