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City Description: Johor Bahru is the capital city of Johor and is the second largest urban area in Malaysia, after the national capital, Kuala Lumpur.Economy: Johor Bahru is an important industrial, tourism and commercial hub for southern Malaysia and one of the biggest industrial centres of the country. Major industries include electronics, resource and petrochemical refinery, and shipbuilding. Johor Bahru enjoys a close economic relationship with Singapore with a large number of residents in Johor Bahru working in Singapore and many Singaporeans living in Johor Bahru or visiting the city for shopping, entertainment, and dining.Major Languages: Malay (official), English, Chinese dialects, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam.Major Religions: Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Christianity, Sikhism.Population: 1.8 Mil (2013 est.).Currency: Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)Inflation: 1.9% (2013 est.).
The cost of living in Johor Bahru is low in comparison to other places in the world. This is based on a comparison of locally collected prices for goods and services applicable to expatriates, converted to USD. The goods and services have been grouped together into categories (baskets) and the cost calculated for each basket in each location. Futhermore, these baskets have been weighted based on extensive research of white collar expatriate spending habits. As a result the cost of living comparisons are applicable to internationally mobile senior staff such as specialists, professionals, managers and executives. In Johor Bahru, of the 13 cost of living baskets, the cost of healthcare is very low, restaurants low, education average, communication high, and no basket very high in comparison to other international locations. Hardship Hardship 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. Johor Bahru is ranked as a some hardship location.ReferenceThe information on this page is updated quarterly using data collected over the previous 12 months. Premium data such as the cost of living indexes for all 13 baskets for each location, hardship premiums and salary comparisons are only available using the calculators.Published by Xpatulator.com on 15 January 2014.Are you moving / considering a move to Johor Bahru? Would you like to know if your salary offer is higher or lower than what you earn now? Calculate how much you need to earn in Johor Bahru to have a similar spending power to what you have now. Register, Purchase and Run the Salary Purchasing Power Parity Calculator.