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. The climate is tropical but semi arid where the mountains in the east cut off the trade winds. 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. In Haiti it is normal to shake hands at the beginning and end of business meetings. Expatriate business dress is generally casual but neat. 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 currency of Haiti is the Haitian Gourde (HTG). You can exchange US dollars for local currency in banks. Some hotels and shops accept payment in US dollars. Most credit cards are accepted in major hotels, and in some shops and businesses in the capital. Medical facilities are very limited and provide only basic care. Cases of Zika virus and Chikungunya virus have been reported. Dengue fever is common. Cholera is present. The population of Port-au-Prince is 2.9 Million (2016 est.), while the inflation rate is 14.8% (2016 est.).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates in In Port-au-Prince, 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): Port-au-Prince as at 1 April 2016 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: High 2) Clothing: Low 3) Communication: Average 4) Education: Average 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: Average 8) Household Accommodation: High 9) Miscellaneous: Very Low 10) Personal Care: Very High 11) Recreation & Culture: Very High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very High 13) Transport: High Port-au-Prince is for example 99% more expensive than Calcutta for groceries, 18.4% more expensive for household costs than Chennai , and 69.1% more expensive for transport costs than Hyderabad. The hardship premium for Port-au-Prince for an expat from Surabaya, is for example 10%, i.e. host location (Port-au-Prince) premium of 40% minus home (Surabaya) location premium of 30%. Port-au-Prince is ranked as a extreme hardship location. 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.