Khartoum is the capital of Sudan and of Khartoum State. Khartoum has a thriving economy. In recent years Khartoum has seen significant development, driven by Sudan's oil wealth. The centre of the city is well-planned, with tree-lined streets. Sudan is in Northern Africa, bordering the Red Sea, between Egypt and Eritrea. The climate is tropical in the south and arid desert in the north. The official language is Arabic. English is widely spoken and understood, including in business circles. The main religions are Islam and Christianity. The economy of Sudan has been buffeted by civil war, political instability, adverse weather, weak world commodity prices, a drop in remittances from abroad, and counterproductive economic policies. The private sector's main areas of activity are agriculture and trading, with most private industrial investment predating 1980. Agriculture employs 80% of the work force. Sudan consists of many cultures. Expatriate business dress is relatively relaxed. Although a suit and tie are not always required, lightweight lounge suits are common. Women may need to wear a headscarf during meetings, particularly with central government. The security risk for expatriates in Sudan is high, but extreme in the Darfur region. Risks include petty crime, violent crime, social unrest, sporadic clashes, communal tensions, and in the Darfur region the additional high risk of kidnapping. The currency of Sudan is the Sudanese Pound (SDG). Credit cards are not generally accepted. Medical facilities are basic comparable to those of Western Europe and North America, especially in rural areas. Serious or complex medical treatment may require evacuation which can be expensive. The population of Khartoum is 6.5 Million (2016 est.), while the inflation rate is 12.94% (2016 est.).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates in In Khartoum, 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): Khartoum as at 1 April 2016 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very Low 2) Clothing: Very High 3) Communication: Very High 4) Education: Average 5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: Average 8) Household Accommodation: Average 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: High 11) Recreation & Culture: Very High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: High 13) Transport: High Khartoum is for example 159.3% more expensive than Syria for groceries, 17.6% more expensive for household costs than Damascus, and 18.4% more expensive for transport costs than Taiwan. The hardship premium for Khartoum for an expat from Tonga, is for example 0%, i.e. host location (Khartoum) premium of 40% minus home (Tonga) location premium of 40%. Khartoum is ranked as a extreme hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship or expat pay in Khartoum? Register subscribe to your home location and Khartoum and run your personalised reports.