Sao Paulo, the capital of the state of Sao Paulo, is largest city in Brazil, the largest city in the southern hemisphere, and the world's 7th largest metropolitan area. Sao Paulo's economy has traditionally been industrial, but it has become increasingly based on the tertiary sector, focusing on services and businesses for the country and is the Brazilian HQ for a large number of foreign corporations. Brazil is in Eastern South America, bordering the Atlantic Ocean. Mostly tropical, but temperate in south. Mostly flat to rolling lowlands in north; some plains, hills, mountains, and narrow coastal belt. The official language is Brazilian Portuguese. This is different from European Portuguese in pronunciation and some vocabulary. Many people do speak English in business and federal government circles, but visitors cannot rely on a contact's ability to speak English and should check in advance whether an interpreter will be necessary. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of Brazil is a federal economy. Brazil is the ninth largest economy in the world and the second largest in the Americas, after the United States. Brazilians, as with other Latin Americans, generally converse at a much closer physical distance than many expatriates are accustomed to. Formal expatriate business dress is standard in large cities. Women are found at the highest levels of business and politics. The security risk for expatriates in Brazil is medium, but high in the deprived areas of major urban centres. Risks include opportunistic crime, such as purse-snatching, armed street robbery, drug-related violence, car theft and carjacking. There is a high level of risk of kidnapping for wealthy local residents. The population in Sao Paulo is 20.9 Mil (2015 est.), while the inflation rate is 9.93% (2015 est.).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates in In Sao Paulo, 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): Sao Paulo as at 1 January 2016 is 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: Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: Low 6) Groceries: Low 7) Healthcare: High 8) Household Accommodation: High 9) Miscellaneous: High 10) Personal Care: High 11) Recreation & Culture: Very High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: High 13) Transport: Low Sao Paulo is for example -4.7% cheaper than Cambodia for groceries, 18.8% more expensive for household costs than Phnom Penh, and 11.1% more expensive for transport costs than Cameroon. The hardship premium for Sao Paulo for an expat from George Town, is for example 0%, i.e. host location (Sao Paulo) premium of 20% minus home (George Town) location premium of 20%. Sao Paulo is ranked as a some hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship or expat pay in Sao Paulo? Register subscribe to your home location and Sao Paulo and run your personalised reports.