Kenya Abbreviations

KE is the abbreviation for Kenya, the 48th largest country in the world. Officially the Republic of Kenya, Kenya is a country located in East Africa, bordering 5 countries – Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya. Top 10 biggest cities are Nairobi  (population: 2,750,536), Mombasa (population: 799,657), Nakuru (population: 259,892), Eldoret (population: 218,435), Kisumu (population: 216,468), Thika (population: 200,011), Malindi (population: 118,254), Kitale (population: 75,112), Garissa (population: 67,850), and Kakamega (population: 63,415).

Country Profile

  • Capital: Nairobi
  • Language: English, Swahili
  • Area: 580,367 km2
  • Population: 49,364,314
  • Currency: Kenyan shilling (KES)
  • Time zone: UTC+3
  • Calling code: 254
  • ISO 2-Letter Abbreviation: KE
  • UN 3-Letter Abbreviation: KEN
  • Internet TLD: .ke
  • State Government Website:

Map of Kenya

List of Kenya Acronyms

The most commonly used abbreviations about Kenya are KE which stands for Kenya and KES which means Kenyan shilling (Kenya currency). In the following table, you can see all acronyms related to Kenya, including abbreviations for airport, city, school, port, government, and etc.

KE: Kenya

Abbreviation Meaning
ANK Action Now: Kenya
AKA All Kenyans Abroad
ASV Amboseli, Kenya
ACK Anglican Church of Kenya
APSK Animal Production Society of Kenya
AIBK Association of Insurance Brokers of Kenya
BBK Barclays Bank of Kenya
CWSK Child Welfare Society of Kenya
CHAK Christian Health Association of Kenya
CCK Communications Commission of Kenya
EAK East Africa Kenya
ECK Electoral Commission of Kenya
EAK Evangelical Alliance of Kenya
EPC Export Promotions Council of Kenya
FSK Farming Systems Kenya
FKE Federation of Kenya Employers
FABK First American Bank of Kenya
GDK Gouvernement Du Kenya
HSK Harambee Schools Kenya
HCK Hindu Council of Kenya
HAK Horticultural Association of Kenya
HCK Hospice Care Kenya
IEK Institution of Engineers of Kenya
IIK Insurance Institute of Kenya
ISK International School of Kenya
JKF Jomo Kenyatta Foundation
JKI Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
KEN Kenya
KE Kenya
KASNEB Kenya Accountants and Secretaries National Examinations Board
KATC Kenya Accounting Technicians Certificate
KAPP Kenya Agricultural Productivity Project
KAIS Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey
KAIPPG Kenya AIDS Intervention Prevention Project Group
KAF Kenya Air Force
KAA Kenya Airport Authority
KA Kenya Airways
KQA Kenya Airways
KQ Kenya Airways
KARA Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations
KAAA Kenya Amateur Athletics Association
KACA Kenya Anti-Corruption Authority
KATO Kenya Association of Tour Operators
KBA Kenya Broadcasting Authority
KBC Kenya Broadcasting Corporation
KCJ Kenya Ceramic Jiko
KCH Kenya Children’s Home
KCSA Kenya Civil Society Association
KCAL Kenya Coalition against Landmines
KCOMNET Kenya Community Media Network
KCA Kenya Cricket Association
KDGCBP Kenya Dairy Goat and Capacity Building Project
KDN Kenya Data Networks Limited
KDG Kenya Development Gateway
KDNC Kenya Development Network Consortium
KDICP Kenya Diffusion and Ideational Change Project
KELC Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church
KFC Kenya Flower Council
KFF Kenya Football Federation
KFS Kenya Forest Service
KEFRI Kenya Forestry Research Institute
KGUS Kenya Golf Union
KGU Kenya Golf Union
KHU Kenya Hockey Union
KIRDI Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute
KIE Kenya Institute of Education
KISWCD Kenya Institute of Social Work and Community Development
KISM Kenya Institute of Supplies Management
KISM Kenya Institute of Surveying and Mapping
KLA Kenya Land Alliance
KLA Kenya Library Association
KLGRP Kenya Local Government Reform Programme
KMO Kenya Medical Outreach
KMTC Kenya Medical Training Center
KMTC Kenya Medical Training College
KMOH Kenya Ministry of Health
KMSC Kenya Motor Sports Club
KENASVIT Kenya National Alliance of Street Vendors and Informal Traders
KNM Kenya National Museum
KOLA Kenya Oral Literature Association
KPAG Kenya Performing Arts Group
KPHIS Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service
KPCU Kenya Planters Cooperative Union Ltd.
KPF Kenya Police Force
KPR Kenya Police Reserve
KPA Kenya Port Authority
KPOSB Kenya Post Office Savings Bank
KREMU Kenya Rangeland Ecological Monitoring Unit
KRA Kenya Revenue Authority
KRATI Kenya Revenue Authority Training Institute
KREP Kenya Rural Enterprise Programme
KSMS Kenya School of Monetary Studies
KSPS Kenya School of Professional Studies
KSTC Kenya Science Teachers College
KSA Kenya Scouts Association
KSPCA Kenya Society for the Protection and Care of Animals
KTDA Kenya Tea Development Agency
KETEPA Kenya Tea Packers Ltd
KTN Kenya Television Network
KTF Kenya Tourism Foundation
KUJ Kenya Union of Journalists
KUTIP Kenya Urban Transport Infrastructure Project
KVMA Kenya Vehicle Manufacturers Association
KWAHO Kenya Water for Health Organization
KNA Kenya Wildlife Safari
KWS Kenya Wildlife Service
KYF Kenya Youth Foundation
KUT Kenya, Uganda, Tanganyika
KCO Kenyan Community in Ontario
KHE Kenyan Horticultural Exporters
KMOD Kenyan Ministry of Defense
KSB Kenyan Sand Boa
KSH Kenyan shilling
KES Kenyan Shilling
KTB Kenyan Top Bar
KICC Kenyatta International Conference Centre
KNH Kenyatta National Hospital
KUC Kenyatta University College
KUR Kenya-Uganda Railway
KICK Kisumu Innovation Centre Kenya
LSK Law Society of Kenya
LDK Learning and Development Kenya
MBA Mombasa, Kenya – Moi International
MKU Mount Kenya University
MMAAK Movement of Men Against AIDS in Kenya
NBO Nairobi, Kenya – Jomo Kenyatta International
WIL Nairobi, Kenya – Wilson Airport
NCWK National Council of Women of Kenya
NGBK National Genebank of Kenya
NMK National Museums of Kenya
NMCK National Muslim Council of Kenya
NPK National Party of Kenya
PGBK Panglima Gemilang Bintang Kenyalang
PICK Party for Independent Candidates of Kenya
RAP Republican Alliance Party of Kenya
STAK Seed Trade Association of Kenya
SMAK Single Mothers Association of Kenya
USK Undugu Society of Kenya
UTKL Unilever Tea Kenya Ltd.
UDPK United Disabled Persons of Kenya
WCK Wild Life Clubs of Kenya


The landscape of Kenya is varied. In the south there are savannah landscapes, in the west there are tropical rainforests, while desert characterizes the landscape in the north. Throughout the country, the Rift Valley extends. Along the edge of the Rift Valley is Kenya’s highest mountain, Mount Kenya. The country is also known for Lake Turkana, which is one of the world’s largest permanent desert lakes. The climate in Kenya varies with the height of the landscape above the sea. The coastal climate is tropical, with high temperatures year-round. On the high plains it is generally slightly colder, with clearer differences between seasons. The low-lying areas around Lake Victoria are flooded at regular intervals, while the desert areas in the north experience periods of drought.

Kenya has very poor water quality and large rural areas do not have access to clean water at all. Illegal chopping of the tropical forest west of the country has caused the arable land to be washed away with rain and flood. Global warming and climate change are affecting Kenya’s climate. Drought and flooding have become more common and increasingly severe.


Arab traders settled along the coast of Kenya in the 7th century. Inland in Kenya lived African traders. Inland groups were affected by Arab trade along the coast, and the language of Swahili and the religion of Islam spread along the trade routes. In the 16th century, Portuguese came to the country, invaded the cities along the coast and created a trade route to India. The coast became an important center for slave and commodity trade. When the European powers divided the African continent between them during the Berlin Conference of 1884-1885, the United Kingdom secured Kenya. The British established trading stations and plantations. In 1920, the British colony of Kenya was formally established. Locals were severely oppressed, and British colonial leaders urged British and other Europeans to settle in the country. This created conflicts over land distribution, something that still characterizes the country. Only whites were allowed to own land, and the locals lacked fundamental rights.

In 1952, the Mau Mau uprising broke out, the uprising lasted until 1956. The uprising was triggered by a peaceful campaign in which Kenya’s African Union (KAU) demanded that the local people access land. When the peaceful campaign failed to materialize, an armed outrage erupted against white residents. The British faced the rebellion of putting large numbers of Kenyans in prison camps in very poor conditions.

Kenya became independent in 1963. The following year, Kenya became a republic under the leadership of the Kenya African National UNION (KANU) party. In practice, there has been a one-party system with only two leaders from 1963 to 2002. Criticism about the governance set has been hard hit. Opposition in the country was subject to repression, and several of the opposition parties were banned. After the end of the Cold War, the regime in Kenya had trouble holding power. Western aid donors demanded democratization for Kenya to continue to receive funding. The regime was particularly criticized for human rights violations. In 1991, the regime agreed to introduce a multi-party system, and during the 2002 elections, KANU lost power for the first time.

The 2007 elections led to closer citizen-like conditions between ethnic groups, and more than 1,000 people died in riots and 300,000 people were displaced. President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Vice President were later put before the International Criminal Court (ICC) for participation, but still won the next election in 2013.

Since 2011, Kenya has been part of the African Union forces in Somalia, and has since then been subjected to several major terrorist attacks within its own borders.

Society and politics

Kenya is a republic. The country was given a new constitution in 2010, which aims to improve the balance of power and decentralization of power, as well as strengthen the judiciary. The president heads the government, appoints ministers and is the formal head of state. The President and Vice President of the country are elected every five years. The President cannot be elected for more than two five-year terms. Kenya has 47 counties, all of which have a governor and a county assembly. The Kenyan party system is weak, and ethnic affiliation often plays a major role in politics. Party splits are common, and it is not uncommon for politicians to switch parties. Nor is it unusual for new parties and alliances to be formed before elections. Corruption is widespread and political loyalty can be bought.

Unrest, violence and mistrust characterize politics. The country’s last election in 2017 in which Kenyatta proclaimed the winner was canceled by the Supreme Court and the re-election was boycotted by the opposition. Opposition leader Rahila Odinga appointed “People’s President ” in January 2018. In March 2018, Kenyatta and Opposition Leader Rahila Odinga joined forces in a cooperation agreement. This has improved the situation somewhat, but the country still has strong political tensions.

There are around 40 different groups of people living in Kenya. Nearly two-thirds of the population belongs to some of the largest ethnic groups in the country: kikuyu, luhya, kalenjin, lou and kamba. The various ethnic groups in Kenya have long lived in harmony with each other, but contradictions between the various groups have resulted in violence in recent times. Half the Kenyan population is under 19 years of age.

Economics and Commerce

Compared to most African countries, Kenya had a strong economy when it became independent in 1963. The 1980s presented several economic problems due to political mismanagement, lack of arable land and high population growth. In modern times, there have been major differences between a small affluent upper class and the poor, often landless majority of the people. In recent decades, the economy has slowly but surely rebuilt, but corruption and lack of modernization continue to pose major obstacles to the country’s economic development. Much of the country’s population lives below the poverty line and Kenya relies on international aid.

Most Kenyans work in agriculture. Kenya exports tea, vegetables, flowers and coffee. Kenya’s dependence on agriculture has made the country vulnerable to unstable precipitation and fluctuations in the world market price of tea and coffee. Today, agriculture contributes about 25 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. The service sector accounts for over 60 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, and tourism is an important industry. Kenya is also an important intermediary for trade with neighboring countries.

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