Abidjan is the economic and former official capital of Cote D'Ivoire as well as the largest city. Abidjan is characterized by high industrialization and urbanization. Major industries include food processing, lumber, automobile manufacturing, and the manufacture of textiles, chemicals, and soap. Cote D'Ivoire is in Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Ghana and Liberia. Tropical along coast, semiarid in far north; three seasons - warm and dry (November to March), hot and dry (March to May), hot and wet (June to October). Mostly flat to undulating plains; mountains in northwest. The official language is French. It is also used as the main language in business. English is not widely spoken or understood. The main religions are Islam, Christianity, indigenous beliefs. The Ivorian economy is largely market based and depends heavily on the agricultural sector. Almost 70% of the Ivorian people are engaged in some form of agricultural activity. The security risk for expatriates in Cote d'Ivoire is high, but extreme in the Western border region. Risks include a general lack of state security, mercenaries, gunmen opposed to the state, and violence fuelled by ethnic or social tensions. The population in Abidjan is 6.2 Mil (2014 est.), while the inflation rate is 0.6% (2014 est.).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates in Abidjan as at 1 April 2015 is low in comparison to other places in the world. In Abidjan, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average in USD, is categorized follows: 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very Low 2) Clothing: Average 3) Communication: Average 4) Education: Average 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: Average 7) Healthcare: Average 8) Household Accommodation: Very Low 9) Miscellaneous: High 10) Personal Care: Very High 11) Recreation & Culture: Very High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Average 13) Transport: Very Low Abidjan is for example -7% cheaper than Montevideo for groceries, -42.7% cheaper for household costs than Durban, and -22.6% cheaper for transport costs than Athens. Abidjan is ranked as a extreme 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 Abidjan for an expat from Zurich is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Abidjan) premium of 40% 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. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship or expat pay in Abidjan? Register subscribe to your home location and Abidjan and run your personalised reports.