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Country in East Africa. Kenya is bordered by South Sudan to the northwest, Ethiopia to the north, Somalia to the east, Uganda to the west, Tanzania to the south, and the Indian Ocean to the southeast. The economy of Kenya (the largest in eastern and central Africa) is mainly based on agriculture (mainly tea, horticultural produce, and coffee) and tourism. The industrial activity concentrated around the three largest urban centres of Nairobi, Mombasa, and Kisumu, and is dominated by food-processing industries. The main tourist attractions are photo safaris through the 60 national parks and game reserves. the wildebeest migration at the Masaai Mara and the beaches along the Swahili Coast, in the Indian Ocean. The largest number of tourist are from Germany and the United Kingdom. Capital (and largest city): Nairobi. Other important cities are Mombasa and Kisumu.
Currency: Kenyan shilling (KES). The Kenyan shilling replaced the East African shilling on 14 September 1966 at par. The Central Bank of Kenya issued notes in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 shillings. All of the notes feature a portrait of Kenya's first prime minister and president, Jomo Kenyatta, on the front and diverse economic activities on the back. 5 shillings notes were replaced by coins in 1985, and 10 and 20 shillings in 1994 and 1998. In 1986, 200 shillings notes were introduced, followed by 500 shillings in 1988 and 1000 shillings in 1994. Kenyatta appeared on the banknotes issued until 1978, with Daniel arap Moi's portrait replacing him in 1980. However, due to a short-age of currency 5, 10, 20 and 100 shillings notes from the 1978 series with Kenyatta's portrait were reissued and circulated during Dec.1993 till Jan.1994. On 2003 (after Mwai Kibaki replaced Moi) a new series of notes was introduced on which Kenyatta reappeared in denominations of 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 shillings. In accordance to the Constitution of Kenya of 2010 on May 31, 2019, the Central Bank of Kenya issued a new family of banknotes without the portraits of known Kenyan individuals. All banknotes of this series share a common design of the Kenyatta International Convention Centre on the front side of the notes, and the back side of the notes feature images showcasing the richness of the people and nature of Kenya: green energy, agriculture, social services, tourism and governance (1,000 shillings) and also embody each of the big five animals of Africa: the buffalo, the leopard, rhinoceros, the lion and the elephant (1,000 shillings).
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