Lilongwe is the capital of Malawi. Lilongwe is the political centre of Malawi while Blantyre is the economic capital. Malawi is in Southern Africa, east of Zambia. Sub-tropical; rainy season (November to May); dry season (May to November). Narrow elongated plateau with rolling plains, rounded hills, some mountains. The official languages are English and Chichewa. It is the official language of business and government and is widely spoken in the capital Lilongwe and other urban centres. Chichewa, the tongue of the dominant Chewa tribe, is the other official language, while Chitumbuka is the predominant language of the north. The main religions are Christianity, Islam. The economy of Malawi is among the world's least developed and most densely populated. The economy is heavily agriculture-based, with around 85% of the population living in rural areas. More than one-third of GDP and 90% of export revenues come from agriculture. The security risk for expatriates in Malawi is low overall, but medium in urban areas. Risks include general crime and scams, particularly of those perceived as wealthy. The population in Lilongwe is 0.902 Mil (2014 est.), while the inflation rate is 22.5% (2014 est.).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates in Lilongwe as at 1 October 2015 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. In Lilongwe, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average in USD, is categorized follows: 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Average 2) Clothing: Average 3) Communication: Very High 4) Education: Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High 6) Groceries: High 7) Healthcare: Low 8) Household Accommodation: Very Low 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: Low 11) Recreation & Culture: Very High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: High 13) Transport: Very High Lilongwe is for example 9.5% more expensive than Montevideo for groceries, -28.8% cheaper for household costs than Durban, and 49.2% more expensive for transport costs than Athens. Lilongwe 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 Lilongwe for an expat from Zurich is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Lilongwe) 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 Lilongwe? Register subscribe to your home location and Lilongwe and run your personalised reports.