Global Sourcebook for International Data Management

                                         by Graham Rhind

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Kenya

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KENYA
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For supplementary information, see links to post office home pages here External, to postal code pages here External and to other personal name and addressing issues pages here External.

Table of Contents

Kenya - Country information

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Local short name form

Official name

Area

Population

Capital

Currency

International telephone access code

254

ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code

EAK

Internet country code

KE

GRC Country Code

KEN

Kenya - Number format

   1,234.45

(where . indicates the decimal separator and , the thousands separator)

Kenya - Date formats

   dd/mm/yyyy

Kenya - Languages

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61 languages are spoken in Kenya. The geographical distribution of these languages is complex. The official languages are English External (mainly spoken as a second language) and Swahili External (about 12 000 000 first- and second-language speakers). Other widely spoken languages include Bukusu External (565 000 speakers); Embu External (429 000 speakers); Gikuya External (5 347 000 speakers); Giryama External (551 000 speakers); Gusii External (1 582 000 speakers); Kalenjin External (2 248 123 speakers); Kamba External (2 448 302 speakers); Luo External (3 185 000 speakers); Luyia External (3 083 083 speakers); Maasai External (453 000 speakers) and Meru External (1 305 000 speakers).

Kenya - Personal names and forms of address

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In Kenya, the use of the Swahili Bi Mchumo for “Miss” is considered colloquial – use Bibi (“Mrs”) instead for all women.

A doctor of medicine is Daktari+family name, whilst a doctor of philosophy is Dakta+family name.

Naming conventions differ according to custom, tribe and language.

Tables of names can be acquired: given names External, surnames/family names External, family name prefixes External, forms of address External, job titles External

Kenya - Address formats

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Kenyan addresses have the format:

   [P.O. Box ]number{[, ]Name of post office}
   POSTAL CODE
   POSTAL TOWN

for example:

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Postal addresses will usually be a post office box number and will be written in English.

Though postal deliveries are only to mailing addresses, street addresses will be found for the use of couriers, visitors etc. As not all streets are named, these may often be descriptive and unstructured, but usually written in English. Examples:

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A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

Kenya - Post office box

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This is written PO Box.

Kenya - Postal codes

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The postal code consists of a block of 5 digits. The first digit indicates the postal region, the second and third the regional distribution centre and the final two the delivery office.

Metadata containing postal code formatting rules, exceptions and regular expressions can be acquired External

Kenya - Postal code format graphic

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Kenya - Postal code format

Kenya - Postal code specifics

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Kenya - Postal code regular expression

\A\d{5,5}\Z

Kenya - Postal code level of coverage

2

Place names in Kenya

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Refer to Exonyms in Kenya for full lists of place names in Kenya in other languages.

Alternate place name forms/postal code tables can be acquired at http://www.grcdi.nl/settlements.htm External

Other language place name data can be acquired at http://www.grcdi.nl/otherlanguageplace.htm External

Kenya - Administrative districts

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Administrative districts graphic

Telephone numbers in Kenya

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Kenyan geographic numbers have a full length of between 6 and 9 digits when called from abroad. Mobile numbers have 9 digits and one of these area code: 710-715, 720-729, 732-738, 740-744, 746-752, 770, 772-773, 778-779, 798-799.

Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/telephone.htm External

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