Kenya is a country of 39 million people located on the east coast of Africa. It is roughly twice the size of the state of Nevada. Neighboring countries include Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia. In the southwest the country borders Lake Victoria, and its eastern border is the Indian Ocean. The climate is tropical in the low-lying regions near the coast and arid in the mountains.
Environmental issues include water pollution from urban and industrial wastes; degradation of water quality from increased use of pesticides and fertilizers; water hyacinth infestation in Lake Victoria; deforestation; soil erosion; desertification; poaching
Median age: 18 years (United States: 36.7 years)
Urban population: 22 percent (United States: 82 percent)
Kikuyu 22%, Luhya 14%, Luo 13%, Kalenjin 12%, Kamba 11%, Kisii 6%, Meru 6%, other African 15%, non-African (Asian, European, and Arab) 1%
Protestant 45%, Roman Catholic 33%, Muslim 10%, indigenous beliefs 10%, other 2% note: a large majority of Kenyans are Christian, but estimates for the percentage of the population that adheres to Islam or indigenous beliefs vary widely.
In 2007 there were 11.4 million cell phones in use and three million Internet users.
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