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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:

Expat Salary: Salary purchasing power parity calculator, for simple cost of living comparison and international salary calculation (e.g. to compare a salary offer).

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.

International Cost of Living Index: Cost of living index calculator, compares multiple locations to a home base (e.g. international offices compared to HQ).

International Assignment: International assignment management calculator, for global mobility managers who use the build-up approach for detailed international assignment salary and allowance calculations.

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Uganda, Kampala

Uganda, KampalaKampala is the largest city and capital of Uganda. Kampala is the economic hub of Uganda and is divided into five boroughs that oversee local planning.

Uganda is in Eastern Africa, west of Kenya. The climate is tropical, generally rainy, but semi arid in the northeast.

The official languages are English and Swahili. English is widely spoken, but it is the second language for many Ugandans. Luganda is also widely spoken. The main religions are Christianity and Islam.

Uganda's economy suffered from devastating economic policies and instability, leaving Uganda as one of the world's poorest countries. The country has commenced economic reforms and growth has been robust. Uganda has substantial natural resources, including fertile soils, regular rainfall, and sizable mineral deposits of copper and cobalt. The country has largely untapped reserves of both crude oil and natural gas.

Expatriate business dress is relatively conservative.

The security risk for expatriates in Uganda is medium overall, but high in many of the border areas. Risks include road safety, petty crime, banditry, roadside armed robbery, and occasional attacks by militant groups.

The currency of Uganda is the Uganda Shilling (UGX). Credit cards are not widely accepted.

Medical facilities in Uganda are limited. Serious or complex medical treatment may require evacuation which can be expensive. Outbreaks of cholera, Rift Valley Fever and typhoid have been reported. There is a high prevalence of HIV.

The population of Kampala is 1.7 Million (2016 est.), while the inflation rate is 5.7% (Dec 2016).

Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in Kampala as at 1 January 2017 is average in comparison to other places in the world.

In Kampala, 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: Very Low
3) Communication: Very High
4) Education: Very Low
5) Furniture & Appliances: Average
6) Groceries: Low
7) Healthcare: Low
8) Household Accommodation: Average
9) Miscellaneous: Very High
10) Personal Care: High
11) Recreation & Culture: Average
12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very Low
13) Transport: Very High

Kampala is for example 0.1% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 17.7% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 45.5% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai.

Kampala is ranked as a high degree of hardship location.

The hardship premium for Kampala for an expat from Perth, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Kampala) premium of 30% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%.

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