Essential Info for Kenya
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Official name: Republic of Kenya
Population: 51 million
Capital city: Nairobi
Neighbouring countries: Kenya is bordered by Somalia to the northeast, Ethiopia to the north, South Sudan to the northwest, Uganda to the west, and Tanzania to the south and southwest.
Geography: Situated on the east coast of central Africa, Kenya has a varied geography. This ranges from low-lying plains in the east of the country to the fertile highlands of central Kenya, home to Africa's second highest peak, Mount Kenya.
Political system: Unitary presidential constitutional republic
Major religions: Christianity and Islam
Main languages: English and Swahili
Money: The Kenyan Shilling (KES), divided into 100 cents. Expats can open a bank account in Kenya but many prefer to continue using their overseas accounts, especially if they're only in the country for a short period. ATMs are widely available in major cities.
Tipping: Tips are common for most small services, in addition to the standard 10 percent expected in restaurants.
Electricity: 240 volts, 50Hz. UK-style plugs with three flat blades are used.
Internet domain: .ke
International dialling code: +254
Emergency contacts: 999
Transport and driving: While public transport is available in all of Kenya's big cities, it's not always efficient or safe. The best option is for expats to use a private vehicle and hire a driver who is familiar with the local driving conditions. Driving is on the left-hand side.