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Kenya Ranked the best Country in Africa for Expatriates


Kenya is on the map after being ranked by the Inter-nations survey as the top country in Africa for expatriates to start over and settle, ahead of South Africa.


Kenya was ranked 9th worldwide as the best country for expatriates to settle down by the Expats Essentials Index by Inter-Nations. Its ranking globally makes it the top African country ahead of South Africa, which ranked 28th globally, while Egypt ranked 37th.

File/Courtesy: Nairobi County, Kenya

The reasons behind the superb ranking were that Kenya provides a safe and conducive environment, due to the ease of accessing homes, language as well as affordability of housing. At least 43% of people consider Kenya’s housing scheme to be affordable as compared to other countries in the world.

PHOTO/COURTESY: The distance view of Nairobi city.

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Kenya, like Indonesia, was considered the best African country because it provides expatriates with an easy transition in language and housing. According to the survey, language favored the country the most since Kenya uses English as one of its official languages in business, education, and getting service in government offices.

PHOTO/COURTESY: Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya.

Expatriates who have made Kenya their second home, who are either middle or upper class, mostly like to reside in well-off urban neighborhoods such as Kilimani, Lavington, Ridgeways, and Westlands.

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Professionals working for international organizations like the United Nations also prefer high-end areas such as Muthaiga, Runda, Riverside, Rosslyn, and Karen.

Kenya has also been recognized as one of the hotspots for real estate investment in a wealth report done by Knight Frank, a property firm.


The Expats Essentials Index is an annual expatriates survey done by InterNations. This survey engages citizens who live and work in foreign countries about their experiences in all aspects of life, housing, healthcare, and friendliness, among others. It then ranks the countries based on best and worst in each of the categories, and overall.


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