Mombasa is the second-largest city in Kenya. Mombasa has a major port and an international airport and is a major trade centre. The city also serves as the centre of the coastal tourism industry. Kenya is in Eastern Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, between Somalia and Tanzania. The climate varies from tropical along the coast to arid in the interior. The official language is English. National language: Swahili. English is used more frequently than Swahili inland, particularly in Nairobi and its surrounding areas. Most signs are in English. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of Kenya is market-based, with some state-owned infrastructure enterprises, and maintains a liberalized external trade system. The economy’s heavy dependence on rain-fed agriculture and the tourism sector leaves it vulnerable to cycles of boom and bust. The agricultural sector employs nearly 75 percent of the country's 37 million people. Half of the sector’s output remains subsistence production. In Kenya making eye contact is an important way to establish trust. Handshakes are customary upon both business introductions and departures. Expatriate business dress is normally formal, comprising lightweight suits with a jacket and tie. The coastal regions have a significant Muslim population and modest dress is advised, particularly in Mombasa. Women should not wear sleeveless dresses or blouses. Eastern Africa has one of the highest rates of sexual assault and rape in the world. While the majority of cases occur in low-income communities, female expatriates should be alert to the increased risks and adopt sensible security precautions as a routine measure. The security risk for expatriates in Kenya is medium overall, but high in Nairobi and in the north, and extremely high in the remote border regions with Somalia. Risks include crime (violent and petty), terrorism, kidnapping, traffic accidents, and the risks associated with protest action. The currency of Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling (KES). ATMs are widely available and credit cards are widely accepted. Medical facilities are not generally comparable to those of Western Europe and North America. Cholera, malaria and dengue fever occur in Kenya. The population of Mombasa is 2 Million (Metro) (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 5.7% for Kenya as at September 2018. Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Kenya is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 30%.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Mombasa, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Mombasa as at 1 October 2018 is low in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Low 2) Clothing: Low 3) Communication: High 4) Education: Very Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: Average 6) Groceries: Average 7) Healthcare: Average 8) Household Accommodation: Very Low 9) Miscellaneous: High 10) Personal Care: Very High 11) Recreation & Culture: Average 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Low 13) Transport: Low Mombasa is for example 19.1% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, -7.7% cheaper for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 35.3% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Mombasa for an expat from Perth, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Mombasa) premium of 30% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Mombasa is ranked as a high degree of hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Mombasa? Register subscribe to your home location and Mombasa and run your personalised reports.