Port-au-Prince is the capital and largest city of the Caribbean nation of Haiti. Port-au-Prince is the nation's largest centre of economy and finance, however it has suffered considerable damage in the January 2010 earthquake. The city exports its most widely consumed produce of coffee and sugar. Haiti is in the western one-third of the island of Hispaniola, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, west of the Dominican Republic. Tropical; semiarid where mountains in east cut off trade winds. Mostly rough and mountainous. The official languages are French and Creole. Creole is more widely spoken. Although many business people speak and write English, most prefer French. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of Haiti is amongst the poorest in the world. Two-thirds of all Haitians depend on the agriculture sector, mainly small-scale subsistence farming, and remain vulnerable to damage from frequent natural disasters, exacerbated by the country's widespread deforestation. The country was devastated by a powerful earthquake in January 2010 which destroyed much of the infrastructure. The security risk for expatriates in Haiti is high. Risks include violent crime, kidnapping, and violent protests. Other risks include the lack of infrastructure and healthcare, poor quality of roads, earthquakes and tropical storms. Expatriates should be met at the airport and notify the relevant embassy. The population in Port-au-Prince is 2.5 Mil (2014 est.), while the inflation rate is 4.2% (2014 est.).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates in Port-au-Prince as at 1 October 2015 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. In Port-au-Prince, 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: Low 3) Communication: Low 4) Education: Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: Very High 8) Household Accommodation: Average 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: Very High 11) Recreation & Culture: Average 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very High 13) Transport: Very High Port-au-Prince is for example 63% more expensive than Montevideo for groceries, 2.2% more expensive for household costs than Durban, and 35.8% more expensive for transport costs than Athens. Port-au-Prince 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 Port-au-Prince for an expat from Zurich is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Port-au-Prince) 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 Port-au-Prince? Register subscribe to your home location and Port-au-Prince and run your personalised reports.