Living in Kenya guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Kenya with the expat guide

Our selection of articles for expatriation in Kenya

The healthcare system in Kenya

Kenya is a country of great disparity, especially when it comes to healthcare. Access to clean drinking water, proper ...

Working in Kenya

Expat workers in Kenya may find the business culture and way of working slightly different than their home country. Although ...

Work permits in Kenya

All overseas workers are legally required to have a work permit to work in Kenya. There are seven work visa classifications ...

General visa requirements for Kenya

With few exceptions, most travellers to Kenya will need a visa, whether they are visiting for the purposes of tourism, business ...

Travelling around Kenya

Kenya is a huge country of over 580,000 square kilometres, so it is important to understand the best ways to travel throughout ...

The taxation system in Kenya

All expats who live and work in Kenya for more than 183 days during the previous financial year will be considered residents for ...

The Kenyan lifestyle

Kenya is a welcoming and diverse country, home to over 40 different cultural groups. Although expats are likely to find many ...

Study in Kenya

Kenya has a strong university system, offering a range of courses and degrees. The country attracts international students from ...

Setting up a business in Kenya

Kenya attracts much attention from international investors, thanks to its high GDP, its position as the economic centre of East ...

Phones, internet, and mail in Kenya

New expats in Kenya will want to ensure they can stay connected with friends and family back home, as well as with new Kenyan ...

Moving with your pet to Kenya

Pets are considered an important part of the family, and many expats wish to bring their cat or dog with them when relocating to ...

Marriage in Kenya

If you are planning a marriage in Kenya, the Registrar of Marriages in Nairobi is the best starting point for information and ...

Leisure activities in Kenya

New expats to Nairobi will find plenty of things to see and do, from museums, national parks, sporting events, and dining and ...

Driving in Kenya

Expats are legally able to drive in Kenya, but will find many challenges, including high accident rates and road safety ...

Work in Nairobi

Expats hoping to find work in Nairobi will find a diverse city with many opportunities, especially in finance, tourism, and ...

About Kenya

History & Politics

Kenya gained independence in 1963, after centuries of colonial governance under Islamic, Portuguese, and British rule. It is known formally as the Republic of Kenya, and is also part of the British Commonwealth.

Kenya operates as a presidential representative democracy, with a multi-party system and three branches of government: legislative, judiciary, and executive. The country has seen changes in recent years, notably with a new Constitution passed in 2010. However, it has remained stable since the country's independence, despite some political and governmental scandals and turmoils. Elections in Kenya are generally considered to be free and fair by outside observers.

Economy

Kenya has a growing economy and currently ranks 9th in Africa in national GDP. The Kenyan economy is an African hub for finance, transport, and communications, and is considered an emerging world market. This is due to an increase in Nigeria's middle class, and government initiatives to increase trade and business in the country.

The main industries of Kenya include manufacturing, agriculture (including forestry and fishing), tourism, finance, and the service industry. Kenya, particularly Nairobi, is an important financial centre in Africa and is home to the Nairobi Stock Exchange and over 40 local and internationally owned banks. In recent years, as in many other countries, Kenya has increasingly become urbanised, with workers moving to large cities in search of employment.

Population

Kenya has an estimated population of 51.3 million. However, due to the country's huge land mass, it actually has a very sparse population per square kilometre. Many expats may find themselves in one of Kenya's largest cities, including Nairobi, Mombasa, or Kisumu, or they may find themselves relocating to a remote community or village, depending on their type of work. Your experience in the country and way of life may vary, depending on where you are located.

The primary languages spoken in Kenya are English and Swahili, as well as some local dialects, including Kikuyu and Luhya. However, English is the most common language in the country and is used in education, business, and the media, so English-speaking expats should have no problems communicating.

Climate

Due to Kenya's vast geographical size, the country is broken into three climate regions. The north is generally very hot, arid, and dry, while the coastal areas are also hot, but with humidity. In the west and south-west, the climate is more temperate, and the landscape is mountainous. Kenya is situated very close to the equator but falls within the Southern Hemisphere. Nairobi's temperatures are fairly consistent throughout the year, with average highs of 22-26 C, and lows of 13-16 C.

Quick Information

Capital : Nairobi
Currency : Shilling
Area : 582650 Km2
Population : 40046566
Calling Code : +254
Timezone : Africa/Nairobi

Kenya city guide

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