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Cook Islands, Avarua
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Cook Islands, AvaruaAvarua is the capital and largest town in the Cook Islands. It is situated on the island of Rarotonga which is the most populous island of the Cook Islands. Avarua has several supermarkets, two banks, several restaurants and other shops specializing in the sale of black pearls and other handicrafts. The economy is based on tourism, trade, fishing and agriculture.

The Cook Islands is in Oceana. A group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about half way between Hawaii and New Zealand. Tropical oceanic; moderated by trade winds; dry season (April to November) and more humid season (December to March). Low coral atolls in north; volcanic, hilly islands in south.

The official languages are English and Cook Islands Maori (also known as Rarotongan) The main religion is Christianity.

The Economy of the Cook Islands is isolated from foreign markets, has inadequate infrastructure, lacks major natural resources and suffers greatly from natural disasters. Agriculture is the main economic base while there is limited manufacturing. The Cook Islands economy is reliant on foreign aid, mostly from New Zealand.

The population in Avarua is 0.005 Mil (2014 est.), while the inflation rate is 2.2% (2014 est.).


Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates in Avarua as at 1 July 2014 is average in comparison to other places in the world.


In Avarua, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average in USD, is categorized follows:
1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: High
2) Clothing: Average
3) Communication: Very Low
4) Education: Very Low
5) Furniture & Appliances: Average
6) Groceries: Average
7) Healthcare: Low
8) Household Accommodation: High
9) Miscellaneous: Average
10) Personal Care: High
11) Recreation & Culture: Average
12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Average
13) Transport: Low

Avarua is for example 2.4% more expensive than Montevideo for groceries, 19.3% more expensive for household costs than Durban, and -10.8% cheaper for transport costs than Athens.

Avarua is ranked as a some hardship location.


Hardship (also know as quality of living) refers to the degree of hardship an expatriate and their family are likely to experience in the host location. Hardship pay is compensation to encourage people to move, in particular to less desirable locations. In determining the amount of hardship premium payable, factors such as economic, political, religious, infrastructure, environment/climate, personal safety, health, education, and transportation factors are considered.

The hardship premium for Avarua for an expat from Zurich is for example 10%, i.e. host location (Avarua) premium of 20% minus home (Zurich) location premium of 10%.

Xpatulator.com has been created to assist subscribers calculate expatriate pay using the online calculators and extensive database of cost of living and hardship indexes, for 780 international locations.

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