Luanda is the capital and largest city of Angola. Located on Angola's coast with the Atlantic Ocean, Luanda is both Angola's chief seaport and administrative centre. It is also the capital city of Luanda Province. The city is currently undergoing a major reconstruction, with many large developments taking place that will alter the cityscape significantly. Around one-third of Angolans live in Luanda, 57% of whom live in poverty. Living conditions in Luanda are extremely poor, with essential services such as safe drinking water still in short supply. Angola is in Southern Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Namibia and the DRC. The climate is semi arid in the south and along the coast to Luanda. The north has a cool and dry season (May to October) and a hot and rainy season (November to April). Portuguese is the language of the former colonial power and predominates in Luanda's business circles. English is increasingly spoken in commercial circles, as is French. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of Angola is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, but is still recovering from the Angolan Civil War that plagued Angola from independence in 1975 until 2002. Despite extensive oil and gas resources, diamonds, hydroelectric potential, and rich agricultural land, Angola remains poor, and a third of the population relies on subsistence agriculture. In Angola it is advisable to know a few words in Portuguese, use formal titles and exchange compliments when greeting. It is not advisable to take photographs of local people, or official buildings etc. Business attire varies from conservative, lightweight to casual due to the weather. The security risk for expatriates in Angola is medium, but high in Cabinda province. Risks include violent crime, undetected landmines, remnant wartime explosives and bandits. The currency of Angola is the Angolan New Kwanza (AOA). Credit cards are accepted in a limited (but increasing) number of hotels and restaurants. There have been reports of credit cards being cloned. ATM’s are increasing in number but are limited. US dollar cash is widely used. Private medical facilities are good in Luanda. They are costly and most charge in advance. In the rest of the country health care is very limited and basic. The population of Luanda is 6.5 Million (2016 est.), while the inflation rate is 23.6% (2016 est.).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates in In Luanda, 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): Luanda as at 1 April 2016 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High 2) Clothing: Very High 3) Communication: Very High 4) Education: Very High 5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: Very High 8) Household Accommodation: Very High 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: Very High 11) Recreation & Culture: Very High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very High 13) Transport: High Luanda is for example 23.5% more expensive than Aruba for groceries, 78.8% more expensive for household costs than Australia, and -24% cheaper for transport costs than Adelaide. The hardship premium for Luanda for an expat from Manama, is for example 10%, i.e. host location (Luanda) premium of 30% minus home (Manama) location premium of 20%. Luanda is ranked as a high degree of hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship or expat pay in Luanda? Register subscribe to your home location and Luanda and run your personalised reports.