Long Name: Republic of Kazakhstan

Location: Central Asia, northwest of China; a small portion west of the Ural River in eastern-most Europe

Area: 1,049,151 sq. mi. (2,717,300 sq.


Climate: continental, cold winters and hot summers, arid and semiarid

Terrain: extends from the Volga to the Altai Mountains and from the plains in western Siberia to oases and desert in Central Asia

Population: 15,340,533

Population Growth Rate: 0.374%

Birth Rate (per 1,000): 16.44

Death Rate (per 1,000): 9.39

Life Expectancy: 67.55 years

Ethnic Groups: Kazakh (Qazaq) 53.4%, Russian 30%, Ukrainian 3.7%, Uzbek 2.5%, German 2.4%, Tatar 1.7%, Uygur 1.4%, other 4.9%

Religion: Muslim 47%, Russian Orthodox 44%, Protestant 2%, other 7%

Languages: Kazakh (Qazaq, state language) 64.4%, Russian (official, used in everyday business, designated the "language of interethnic communication") 95%

Literacy: 99.5%

Government Type: republic; authoritarian presidential rule, with little power outside the executive branch

Capital: Astana

Independence: 16 December 1991 (from Soviet Union)

GDP Per Capita: $11,000

Occupations: agriculture 32.2%, industry 18%, services 49.8%

Currency: tenge (KZT)


Long Name: Republic of Kenya

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

Area: 224,961 sq. mi. (582,650 sq. km)

Climate: varies from tropical along coast to arid in interior

Terrain: low plains rise to central highlands bisected by Great Rift Valley; fertile plateau in west

Population: 37,953,840 Population Growth Rate: 2.758%

Birth Rate (per 1,000): 37.89

Death Rate (per 1,000): 10.3

Life Expectancy: 56.64 years

Ethnic Groups: Kikuyu 22%, Luhya 14%, Luo 13%, Kalenjin 12%, Kamba 11%, Kisii 6%, Meru 6%, other African 15%, non-African (Asian, European, and Arab) 1%

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

Languages: English (official), Kiswahili (official), numerous indigenous languages

Literacy: 85.1%

Government Type: republic Capital: Nairobi

Independence: 12 December 1963 (from United Kingdom)

GDP Per Capita: $1,700

Occupations: agriculture 75%, industry and services 25%

Currency: Kenyan shilling (KES)


Long Name: Republic of Kiribati

Location: Oceania, group of 33 coral atolls in the Pacific Ocean, straddling the Equator; the capital Tarawa is about half way between Hawaii and Australia; note - on 1 January 1995, Kiribati proclaimed that all of its territory lies in the same time zone as its Gilbert Islands group (UTC +12) even though the Phoenix Islands and the Line Islands under its jurisdiction lie on the other side of the International Date Line

Area: 313 sq. mi. (811 sq. km)

Climate: tropical; marine, hot and humid, moderated by trade winds

Terrain: mostly low-lying coral atolls surrounded by extensive reefs

Population: 110,356 Population Growth Rate: 2.235%

Birth Rate (per 1,000): 30.31 Death Rate (per 1,000): 7.97 Life Expectancy: 62.85 years Ethnic Groups: Micronesian 98.8%, other 1.2%

Religion: Roman Catholic 52%, Protestant (Congregational) 40%, other (includes Seventh-Day Adventist, Muslim, Baha'i, Latter-day Saints, Church of God) 8%

Languages: I-Kiribati, English (official)

Literacy: N/A

Government Type: republic Capital: Tarawa

Independence: 12 July 1979 (from United Kingdom)

GDP Per Capita: $3,600

Occupations: agriculture 2.7%, industry 32%, services 65.3%

Currency: Australian dollar (AUD)


Long Name: Republic of Kosovo

Location: Southeast Europe, between Serbia and Macedonia

Area: 4,203 sq. mi. (10,887 sq. km)

Climate: influenced by continental air masses resulting in relatively cold winters with heavy snowfall and hot, dry summers and autumns; Mediterranean and alpine influences create regional variation; maximum rainfall between October and December Terrain: flat fluvial basin with an elevation of 400-700 m above sea level surrounded by several high mountain ranges with elevations of 2,000 to 2,500 m Population: 2,126,708

Population Growth Rate: N/A

Birth Rate (per 1,000): N/A

Death Rate (per 1,000): N/A

Life Expectancy: N/A

Ethnic Groups: Albanians 88%, Serbs 7%, other 5%

Religion: Muslim, Serbian Orthodox, Roman Catholic

Languages: Albanian (official), Serbian (official), Bosnian, Turkish, Roma

Literacy: N/A

Government Type: republic Capital: Pristina

Independence: 17 February 2008

GDP Per Capita: $1,800

Occupations: agriculture 21.4%, industry and services NA

Currency: euro (EUR); Serbian Dinar (RSD) is also in circulation

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