General Information about Kenya

The Republic of Kenya is a country in East Africa. It is bordered by Ethiopia to the north, Somalia to the northeast, Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, and Sudan to the northwest, with the Indian Ocean running along the southeast border. The capital city is Nairobi. The country is named after Mount Kenya, a very significant landmark and the second among the highest mountain peaks of Africa

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Kenya is part of East Africa; it borders Uganda, Tanzania, Somali, Ethiopia and the Sudan.

40 Million (Est) Census was conducted on 24th August, 2009

English (Official), Kiswahili (National)

There are over 42 ethnic groups and indigenous languages

Religion: Multi religious - Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Indigenous

Administrative Divisions in 47 counties:

Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, Tana River, Lamu, Taita Taveta, Garissa, Wajir, Mandera, Marsabit
Isiolo, Meru, Tharaka Nithi, Embu, Kitui, Machakos, Makueni, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Murang'a, Kiambu, Turkana, West Pokot, Samburu, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo/Marakwet, Nandi, Baringo, Laikipia, Nakuru, Narok, Kajiado, Kericho, Bomet, Kakamega, Vihiga, Bung'oma, Busia, Siaya, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Migori, Kisii, Nyamira, Nairobi City

Geography: The country's physical features can be divided into main: Low lying arid and semi arid lands, Coastal belt, Nyika plateau, Central Highlands, Lake basin

Capital: Nairobi

Cities & Principal Towns: Kisumu, Mombasa, Nakuru, Nyeri, Eldoret

Time Zone: GMT +3

Climate: Altitude ranges from sea level to 5,199 metres

Temperatures range from high humid of coast to the cold wet regions and Mau Escarpment, Mt. Elgon and freezing points at the top of Mt. Kenya.

There are two rainy seasons: long rains at the end of March through May and the short rains from the end of October through December

Business Hours: Monday - Friday 0800hrs - 1300hrs and 1400hrs - 1700hrs

Banking Hours: Monday - Friday 0800hrs - 1500hrs (certain banks provide services outside these hours and on weekends)

Currency: Kenya Shilling (KES)

Weights and Measures: Metric System

Electricity: 220-240 Volts (mainly 3 pin square plugs)