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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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Iran, Tehran
Overview

Iran, TehranTehran is the capital and largest city of Iran. Tehran is the economic centre of Iran. About 30% of Iran's public-sector workforce and 45% of large industrial firms are located in Tehran and almost half of these workers work for the government. Most of the remainder of workers are factory workers, shopkeepers, labourers, and transport workers.

Iran is in the Middle East, bordering the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, and the Caspian Sea, between Iraq and Pakistan. Mostly arid or semiarid, subtropical along Caspian coast. Rugged, mountainous rim; high, central basin with deserts, mountains; small, discontinuous plains along both coasts.

The official language is Persian (Farsi). Foreigners are not expected to be able to speak Persian, though hosts will be impressed if they can say a few words. English is widely understood. The main religion is Islam.

The economy of Iran is a mixture of central planning, state ownership of oil and other large enterprises, village agriculture, and small-scale private trading and service ventures. Its economic infrastructure has been improving steadily over the past two decades but continues to be affected by inflation and unemployment.

The population in Tehran is 13.4 Mil (2014 est.), while the inflation rate is 16.6% (2014 est.).


Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates in Tehran as at 1 July 2014 is high in comparison to other places in the world.


In Tehran, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average in USD, is categorized follows:
1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Low
2) Clothing: Very High
3) Communication: Low
4) Education: Very High
5) Furniture & Appliances: Average
6) Groceries: Very Low
7) Healthcare: High
8) Household Accommodation: Very High
9) Miscellaneous: Very High
10) Personal Care: Very High
11) Recreation & Culture: Very High
12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Average
13) Transport: Low

Tehran is for example -15.4% cheaper than Montevideo for groceries, 44.2% more expensive for household costs than Durban, and -20.5% cheaper for transport costs than Athens.

Tehran is ranked as a extreme 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 Tehran for an expat from Zurich is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Tehran) premium of 40% 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.

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