Lampshade Kenya Statistics Economy

Kenya Statistics

Last updated on the 06/08/07


Official Name:

Kenya or Republic of Kenya


Eastern Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, between Somalia and Tanzania




Total: 582,650 sq km



Total - 36,913,721

Note; estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected (July 2007 est.)

Life Expectancy

Total population: 55.31 years
Male: 55.24 years

Female: 55.37 years (2007 est.)


English and Kiswahili (official), numerous indigenous languages


Protestant 45%, Roman Catholic 33%, Muslim 10%, indigenous beliefs 10%, other 2%



The regional hub for trade and finance in East Africa, Kenya has been hampered by corruption and by reliance upon several primary goods whose prices have remained low. In 1997, the IMF suspended Kenya’s Enhanced Structural Adjustment Program due to the government’s failure to maintain reforms and curb corruption.

A severe drought from 1999 to 2000 compounded Kenya’s problems, causing water and energy rationing and reducing agricultural output. As a result, GDP contracted by 0.2% in 2000. The IMF, which had resumed loans in 2000 to help Kenya through the drought, again halted lending in 2001 when the government failed to institute several anticorruption measures.

Despite the return of strong rains in 2001, weak commodity prices, endemic corruption, and low investment limited Kenya’s economic growth to 1.2%. Growth lagged at 1.1% in 2002 because of erratic rains, low investor confidence, meager donor support, and political infighting up to the elections. In the key December 2002 elections, Daniel Arap MOI’s 24-year-old reign ended, and a new opposition government took on the formidable economic problems facing the nation.

In 2003, progress was made in rooting out corruption and encouraging donor support. Since then, however, the KIBAKI government has been rocked by high-level graft scandals. The World Bank suspended aid for most of 2006, and the IMF has delayed loans pending further action by the government on corruption. The scandals have not seemed to affect growth, with GDP growing more than 5% in 2006.


Kenyan shilling (KES)

GDP per Capita

$1,200 (2006 est.)

Population below poverty line

50% (2000 est.)


Agricultural Products

Tea, coffee, corn, wheat, sugarcane, fruit, vegetables; dairy products, beef, pork, poultry, eggs


Small-scale consumer goods (plastic, furniture, batteries, textiles, clothing, soap, cigarettes, flour), agricultural products, horticulture, oil refining; aluminum, steel, lead; cement, commercial ship repair, tourism


Tea, horticultural products, coffee, petroleum products, fish, cement


Machinery and transportation equipment, petroleum products, motor vehicles, iron and steel, resins, plastics

International Dialling Code


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Facts and figures supplied by the CIA World Factbook:

CIA world factbook for Kenya

Last updated on the 17/07/07

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