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We provide international cost of living and hardship data so that you can create reports online (24X7) using any of the calculators:

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Cost of Living Comparison: Cost of living allowance calculator, compares cost of living and hardship and calculates a cost of living allowance based on the difference.

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Kosovo, Pristina

Kosovo, PristinaPristina is the capital and largest city of the disputed territory of Kosovo. The city is developing with many new roads being built in Pristina. The national government is taking part in modernising the roadways as well, building motorways linking the city.

Kosovo is in South East Europe, between Serbia and Macedonia The climate is influenced by continental air masses resulting in relatively cold winters with heavy snowfall and hot, dry summers and autumns. The mediterranean and alpine influences create regional variation.

The Albanian majority in Kosovo speak Albanian and refuse to speak Serbian. It will therefore be considered offensive to communicate in Serbian or other similar Slavic languages with Kosovar Albanians. Many Kosovars do now speak or understand basic English. The main religions are Islam and Christianity.

The economy of Kosovo is one of the poorest in Europe. Despite substantial development subsidies Kosovo was the poorest province of the former Yugoslavia. Over the course of the 1990s, poor economic policies, international sanctions, weak access to external trade and finance, and ethnic conflict severely damaged the already weak economy.

In Kosovo traditional customs are widely respected, however less formality is becoming more common. Expatriate business dress is conservative, comprising suits. Businesswomen are expected to dress conservatively. Women may be disregarded, even if they are in senior positions, in some of the country's more conservative areas.

The security risk for expatriates in Kosovo is medium. Risks include street crime (particularly pickpocketing and bag-snatching in Pristina), organised crime, and risks related to poor infrastructure such as travel challenges and power cuts in winter.

The currency of Kosovo is the Euro (EUR), however the Serbian Dinar is sometimes accepted in Serb-majority areas. Most transactions are cash based. Credit cards are accepted and there are some ATMs in Pristina and other major cities.

Medical facilities are relatively poor and limited. Crimean Congo Haemorrhagic Fever is endemic. West Nile virus has been reported.

The population of Pristina is 211,000 (2016 est.), while the inflation rate is 0% (2016 est.).

Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in Pristina as at 1 September 2016 is low in comparison to other places in the world.

In Pristina, 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):
1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Average
2) Clothing: Low
3) Communication: Low
4) Education: Low
5) Furniture & Appliances: Average
6) Groceries: Very Low
7) Healthcare: Very Low
8) Household Accommodation: Low
9) Miscellaneous: Average
10) Personal Care: Low
11) Recreation & Culture: Average
12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very Low
13) Transport: Average

Pristina is for example -10.7% cheaper than Houston TX for groceries, 18.6% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 25.5% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai.

Pristina is ranked as a extreme hardship location.

The hardship premium for Pristina for an expat from Perth, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Pristina) premium of 40% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%.

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