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Moving to Nairobi, Kenya

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Apr 22, 2023

Summary: Nairobi, Kenya is an attractive destination for expats due to its vibrant culture, diverse population, and exciting nightlife. The city is also known for its excellent job opportunities, with many multinational companies having offices in the city. Additionally, the city is home to a number of international schools, making it an ideal place for expats with children. Before moving to Nairobi, it is important to be aware of the city's high crime rate. It is important to take necessary precautions to ensure personal safety, such as avoiding walking alone at night and being aware of one's surroundings. Additionally, it is important to be aware of the city's traffic congestion, as it can be difficult to navigate during peak hours. Finally, it is important to be aware of the city's high cost of living, as it can be expensive to live in Nairobi.

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What do I need to know before moving to Nairobi?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Nairobi, they said:

"Nairobi is a vibrant and diverse city, and expats should be prepared for a unique cultural experience. It is important to research the local laws and customs before moving to Nairobi, as well as the cost of living and the availability of housing. Expats should also be aware of the security situation in the city, and take necessary precautions to ensure their safety. Additionally, expats should familiarize themselves with the local language, Swahili, as it is widely spoken in Nairobi. Finally, expats should take the time to explore the city and its many attractions, from its bustling markets to its stunning national parks," explained one expat living in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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