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                                         by Graham Rhind



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Table of Contents

Kenya - Country information


Local short name form

Official name



51 525 600 (2023 projection) [1]



International telephone access code


ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code


Internet country code


GRC Country Code


Kenya - Number format


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

Kenya - Date and time formats

   Note: This section last updated 5th May 2021

Kenya - Languages


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


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


Kenyan addresses have the format:

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

for example:


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:




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

Kenya - Post office box


This is written PO Box.

Kenya - Postal codes


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


Kenya - Postal code format

Kenya - Postal code specifics


Kenya - Postal code regular expression


Kenya - Postal code level of coverage


Kenya - Postal code map


Place names in Kenya


   Note: This section last updated 6th December 2014

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


   Note: This section last updated 17th September 2013

Kenya has 47 counties External. They are:

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

Administrative districts graphic


Telephone numbers in Kenya


   Note: This section last updated 9th July 2019

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 codes: 100-102, 110-111, 700-799.

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

Properties with value Kenya


  1. ^ citypopulation.de/en/kenya/admin/ External 20231226

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