Kenya, or Republic of Kenya, a country in East Africa. Until 1963 it was a British dependency, called Kenya Colony and Protectorate. Kenya lies on the Equator along the Indian Ocean and is bordered by Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, and Somalia.

Facts in brief about Kenya
Capital: Nairobi.
Languages: Official-English; National-Swahili (or Kiswahili).
Official name: Jamhuri ya Kenya (Republic of Kenya).
Area: 224,081 mi2. (580,367 km2). Greatest distances—north-south, 640 mi. (1,030 km); east-west, 560 mi. (901 km). Coastline—284 mi. (457 km).
Elevation: Highest—Mount Kenya, 17,058 ft. (5,199 m) above sea level. Lowest—sea level along the coast.
Population: Current estimate—37,190,000; density, 166 persons per mi2 (64 per km2); distribution, 64 percent rural, 36 percent urban. 1999 census—28,686,607.
Chief products: Agriculture—bananas, beef, cassava, coffee, corn, pineapples, pyrethrum, sisal, sugar cane, tea, wheat. Manufacturing—cement, chemicals, light machinery, textiles, processed foods, petroleum products.
Flag and coat of arms: Kenya's flag and coat of arms were adopted in 1963. The flag has three horizontal stripes, black, red, and green (top to bottom). The black stripe represents the Kenyan people, the red stripe their struggle for independence, and the green strip agriculture. A shield and spears in the center of the flag stand for defense of freedom. The coat of arms has two lions holding spears and the Swahili word for pulling together.
Money: Basic unit—Kenyan shilling. One hundred cents equal one shilling.