Apia is the capital and the largest city of Samoa. Apia Harbour is by far the largest and busiest harbour in Samoa. Apia is served by a good road network, which is generally kept reasonably well maintained. Samoa is in Oceania, and consists of a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about half way between Hawaii and New Zealand. Tropical; rainy season (November to April), dry season (May to October). Two main islands (Savaii, Upolu) and several smaller islands and uninhabited islets; narrow coastal plain with volcanic, rocky, rugged mountains in interior. The official language is English. Samoan is the national language. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of Samoa has traditionally been dependent on development aid, private family remittances from overseas, and agricultural exports. Agriculture employs two-thirds of the labour force, and furnishes 90% of exports. The population in Apia is 0.038 Mil (2014 est.), while the inflation rate is 3.7% (2014 est.).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates in Apia as at 1 October 2014 is high in comparison to other places in the world. In Apia, 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: Average 3) Communication: Very High 4) Education: Average 5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High 6) Groceries: High 7) Healthcare: Very High 8) Household Accommodation: Average 9) Miscellaneous: Average 10) Personal Care: Very High 11) Recreation & Culture: Very High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very High 13) Transport: Average Apia is for example 27.6% more expensive than Montevideo for groceries, -3.4% cheaper for household costs than Durban, and 0.4% more expensive for transport costs than Athens. Apia 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 Apia for an expat from Zurich is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Apia) 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 Apia? Register subscribe to your home location and Apia and run your personalised reports.