Suva is the capital and largest city of Fiji. Suva is the commercial and political centre as well as the main port city of Fiji. Fiji is an island group in the South Pacific Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand. Tropical marine; only slight seasonal temperature variation. Mostly mountains of volcanic origin. The official language is English. Most Fijians speak English; this is especially true in business circles. Fijian and Hindi are also widely spoken. The main religions are Christianity, Hinduism, Islam. The economy of Fiji is endowed with forest, mineral, and fish resources, and is one of the more developed of the Pacific island economies, though still with a large subsistence sector. The security risk for expatriates in Fiji is medium. Risks include general crime, mainly in urban areas. Other risks include high rainfall and flooding. The population in Suva is 0.175 Mil (2014 est.), while the inflation rate is 1.1% (2014 est.).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates in Suva as at 1 April 2015 is average in comparison to other places in the world. In Suva, 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 High 2) Clothing: High 3) Communication: Very Low 4) Education: Very Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: Low 8) Household Accommodation: High 9) Miscellaneous: Low 10) Personal Care: Very Low 11) Recreation & Culture: Low 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Average 13) Transport: Low Suva is for example 34.4% more expensive than Montevideo for groceries, 12.1% more expensive for household costs than Durban, and -5.7% cheaper for transport costs than Athens. Suva is ranked as a high degree of 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 Suva for an expat from Zurich is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Suva) premium of 30% 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 Suva? Register subscribe to your home location and Suva and run your personalised reports.