Lusaka is the capital and largest city of Zambia. Lusaka is a commercial centre as well as centre of government, and the four main highways of Zambia radiate north, south, east and west from it. Zambia is in Southern Africa, east of Angola. Tropical; modified by altitude; rainy season (October to April). Mostly high plateau with some hills and mountains. The official language is English. Bemba and Njanja are the other most commonly understood languages. The main religions are Christianity, indigenous beliefs, Hinduism, Islam. The Zambian economy has historically been based on the copper mining industry. Output of copper had declined over a period of 30 years due to lack of investment, low copper prices, and uncertainty over privatisation. However following privatisation of the industry, copper production has rebounded. The Zambian government is pursuing an economic diversification programme to reduce the economy's reliance on the copper industry. The security risk for expatriates in Zambia is medium. Risks include petty and opportunistic theft, violent crime, including armed robbery and carjacking. The population in Lusaka is 1.7 Mil (2014 est.), while the inflation rate is 7.9% (2014 est.).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates in Lusaka as at 1 July 2015 is high in comparison to other places in the world. In Lusaka, 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: Low 3) Communication: High 4) Education: Very Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: Average 6) Groceries: Low 7) Healthcare: Very Low 8) Household Accommodation: Very High 9) Miscellaneous: Low 10) Personal Care: Low 11) Recreation & Culture: High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: High 13) Transport: Low Lusaka is for example -9% cheaper than Montevideo for groceries, 49.7% more expensive for household costs than Durban, and 1.7% more expensive for transport costs than Athens. Lusaka 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 Lusaka for an expat from Zurich is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Lusaka) 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 Lusaka? Register subscribe to your home location and Lusaka and run your personalised reports.