Kent

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Kent
Invicta Flag of Kent
Flag of Kent
Motto of County Council: ''Invicta''
EnglandKent.png
Geography
Status Ceremonial and (smaller) Non-metropolitan county
Region South East England
Area
- Total
- Admin. council
- Admin. area
Ranked 10th
3,736 km2 (1,442 sq mi)
Ranked 10th
3,544 km2 (1,368 sq mi)
Admin HQ Maidstone
ISO 3166-2 GB-KEN
ONS code 29
NUTS 3 UKJ42
Demography
Population
- Total (2005 est.)
- Density
- Admin. council
- Admin. pop.
Ranked 7th
1,621,000
434 /km2 (1,120 /sq mi)
Ranked 1st
1,369,900
Ethnicity 96.9% White
1.9% Asian
Politics
Arms-kent.jpg
"CANTIA"
Kent County Council
http://www.kent.gov.uk/
Medway Council
http://www.medway.gov.uk/
Executive Conservative
Members of Parliament
Districts
KentDistrictsNumbered.svg
  1. Sevenoaks
  2. Dartford
  3. Gravesham
  4. Tonbridge and Malling
  5. Medway (Unitary)
  6. Maidstone
  7. Tunbridge Wells
  8. Swale
  9. Ashford
  10. Canterbury
  11. Shepway
  12. Thanet
  13. Dover


Kent is a county in England. It is just to the south-east of London and is on the coast. The sea to the East of Kent is the North Sea. The sea south of Kent is called The English Channel by the British. France is opposite Kent on the other side of The Channel. At the most narrow point, between Dover, Calais and Cape Gris-Nez, The Channel is only 21 miles (34 km) wide. Dover is one of the main ports in Kent. From here many ferries sail to and from France.

Other main ports in Kent include Sheerness and Ramsgate. The Channel Tunnel goes from Folkestone in Kent to France. It was built in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Kent is a very ancient county. In the 6th and 7th centuries it was ruled by its own kings, It is often called 'the garden of England' because its countryside is very green and because it produces much fruit. A lot of fruit such as strawberries are grown in Kent, and the county is famous for growing hops which are used to make beer. Maidstone is called the county town because the local government for Kent is based there.

Another important town is the city of Canterbury. The Archbishop of Canterbury is the head of the Church of England. Hundreds of years ago many Christian people would travel to the Cathedral at Canterbury from their homes in other parts of Britain. This was called making a pilgrimage.