Kenya Overview

GENERAL

Official name of the state

Republic of Kenya.

Capital

Nairobi.

Geography

As a country located in Africa according to itypetravel, Kenya is bordered by Somalia to the northeast, Ethiopia to the north, Sudan to the northwest, Uganda to the west and Tanzania to the south. To the east is the Indian Ocean. The landscape of Kenya is divided into four regions: desert in the north, savannah in the south and fertile plains on the coast and on the shores of Lake Victoria. The mountainous region with the capital Nairobi is in the west. To the northwest of Nairobi lies the Rift Valley, the rift valley in which the city of Nakuru and the Aberdare National Park are located, not far from Mount Kenya (5200 m), which also houses a national park. Lake Turkana is located in the very north-west of Kenya.

Government

Presidential republic (in the Commonwealth) since 1963. Constitution from 1963, last change in 2008. Unicameral Parliament (Bunge) with 224 members. Direct election of the head of state every 5 years. Independent since 1963 (former British colony).

Head of state

Uhuru Kenyatta, since March 2013.

Head of government

Raila Odinga, since April 2008.

Electricity

220/240 V, 50 Hz. Three-pin plug. Adapter required.

Time zone

Eastern Africa Time: CET +4

Kenya Overview

ECONOMY

Business etiquette

Light suits are appropriate for all occasions. Appointments should be made in advance. English is the official business language.

Business hours:
Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. In Mombasa the offices open and close i. General half an hour earlier.

Economy

Trade department of the Embassy of Kenya
Markgrafenstrasse 63, D-10969 Berlin.
Tel: (030) 259 26 60.

Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Chamber of Commerce)
Ufanisi House, Haile Selassie Avenue, PO Box 47024, Nairobi.
Tel: (020) 22 08 67.
Internet: www.kncci.org

KenInvest Kenya Investment Authority (Investment Promotion Center)
National Bank of Kenya Building, 8th Floor, Harambee Avenue, PO Box 55704, 00200 Nairobi.
Tel: (020) 22 14 01-4.
Internet: www.investmentkenya.com

Business contacts

Trade department of the Embassy of Kenya
Markgrafenstrasse 63, D-10969 Berlin.
Tel: (030) 259 26 60.

Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Chamber of Commerce)
Ufanisi House, Haile Selassie Avenue, PO Box 47024, Nairobi.
Tel: (020) 22 08 67.
Internet: www.kncci.org

KenInvest Kenya Investment Authority (Investment Promotion Center)
National Bank of Kenya Building, 8th Floor, Harambee Avenue, PO Box 55704, 00200 Nairobi.
Tel: (020) 22 14 01-4.
Internet: www.investmentkenya.com

COMMUNICATION

Phone

Remote dial-up service to major cities. Payphones are red, card phones are blue. Telephone cards are available from post offices and international telephone services in major cities. Many larger hotels also offer telephone services, but charge up to 100% more. You should have enough coins ready for local calls.

Cellphone

GSM 1800 and GSM 900. The transmission and reception area is limited to the populated areas. Network operators: Celtel Kenya (Internet: www.ke.celtel.com/en/index.html or www.msi-cellular.com), KenCell (Internet: www.kencell.co.ke) and Safaricom (Internet: www.safaricom.co.ke).

Internet

There are over 30 internet providers in Kenya; JamboNet (Internet: www.telkom.co.ke) and 19 other providers are members of the East African Internet Association. There are internet cafes in Mombasa and Nairobi. Internet access is also available in larger hotels.

Post Office

The post offices can be identified by the letters KP&TC (Kenya Posts & Telecommunications Corporation). Mailboxes are red. In addition to post offices, stamps are also available from stationers, souvenir shops and hotels. Airmail to Europe takes up to four days and is generally reliable. The post offices are open Mon-Fri 8 am-5pm and Sat 9 am-12pm.

Radio

Since the use of shortwave frequencies changes several times over the course of a year, it is advisable to contact Deutsche Welle customer service directly (Tel: (+49) (0228) 429 32 08. Internet: www.dw-world.de) to request.

NIGHTLIFE

Introduction

Most hotels in Nairobi and the holiday resorts have dance events with live music or discos in the evenings. You can also find some African night clubs. Nairobi has a wide variety of cinemas showing American and European films.

CULTURE

Religion

Protestants (45%), Catholics (33%), Muslims (10%), natural religions (10%) and minorities of Jews and Hindus.

Social rules of conduct

Western European customs reflect British influence across the country. Kenyans are generally very friendly. Clothing is casual and everyday wear is widely accepted except for special social occasions. Smoking: There is a public smoking ban nationwide. Tip: If no service charge is required, KSh 10 is appropriate. Higher tips are at the guest’s discretion.

CLIMATE

Best travel time

The coastal areas are tropical with cooling monsoon winds. In the lowlands it is hot and mostly dry, in the highlands it is more moderate with four seasons. Nairobi has a pleasant climate all year round because of its altitude. Temperatures are much higher at Lake Victoria. T. heavy rains.

COUNTRY DATA

Area code +254 Area (sqkm) 580367 Population 45925301 Population density (per sqkm) 79 Population in 2015 Member of the EU No main emergency number 999