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Micronesia, Palikir

Micronesia, PalikirPalikir is the capital of the Federated States of Micronesia. Palikir is located on the island of Pohnpei.

The Federated States of Micronesia in in Oceania, it is an island group in the North Pacific Ocean, about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to Indonesia. The climate is tropical with heavy year-round rainfall, especially in the eastern islands. Being near the typhoon belt there is occasionally severe damage.

The official language is English. Many older people speak Japanese and other languages such as Chuukese, Kosraean, Pohnpeian and Yapese. The main religion is Christianity.

The economy of the Federated States of Micronesia consists primarily of subsistence farming and fishing. The islands have few mineral deposits worth exploiting, except for high-grade phosphate. The potential for a tourist industry exists, but the remoteness of the location and a lack of adequate facilities hinder development. Financial assistance from the US is the primary source of revenue.

Business dress is typically a light suit for men and modest dress for women.

The security risk for expatriates in Micronesia is low. Risks include petty crime, such as pickpocketing and theft, and road accidents.

The currency of Micronesia, Federated States is the US Dollar (USD). Credit cards are accepted at most hotels. ATM facilities are limited.

Medical facilities are adequate for routine treatment. Complex medical cases generally require evacuation. Cases of Zika virus have been reported.

The population of Palikir is 7,000 (2016 est.), while the inflation rate is 4% (2016 est.).

Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in Palikir as at 1 September 2016 is high in comparison to other places in the world.

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

Palikir is for example 10.8% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 137.7% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 15.1% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai.

Palikir is ranked as a high degree of hardship location.

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

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