International Cost of Living Calculator

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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The global cost of living calculators have been created to compare the cost of living in every country and major city in the world, to help you manage short and long term assignments (page down for a description of each cost of living calculator):

Cost of Living Allowance
Cost of Living Index
International Assignment Management
Salary Purchasing Power Parity
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International Cost of Living Calculator Pricing

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Annual Subscription = $89 per location (minimum of 2 locations required)

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Cost of Living Comparison by City and Country

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International Minimal Hardship Premium Locations July 2013

Hardship refers to the relative difference an expatriate and their family are likely to experience and the relative impact on their lifestyle when moving between different locations. Xpatulator's hardship ranking system measures the relative quality of living in each locations, and assesses the level of difficulty that will be experienced in adapting to each location.

Hardship factors include-:

  •     Economic Factors: Such as poverty levels and level of service provision
  •     Political Factors: Such as freedom/tolerance towards different points of view / lifestyle
  •     Religious Factors: Such as freedom/tolerance towards different religions
  •     Public Service Factors: Such as provision of water, electricity, sanitation, work permits etc
  •     Environment/Climate Factors: Such as extreme weather
  •     Personal Safety Factors: Such as personal safety / level of crime
  •     Health Factors: Such as prevalence of disease and health standards
  •     Education Factors: Such as education standards, prevalence of international schools
  •     Transportation Factors: Such as prevalence of public transport, fuel and road safety. 

In assessing how much to pay an expatriate, it is important to take into account the relative hardship, in terms of quality of living conditions between locations, and assesses the relative level of difficulty that will be experienced in adapting to a new location.

The ratings for hardship are classified into four main groups and can be described as follows:
1) Minimal Hardship (10% Hardship Premium)
2) Some Hardship (20% Hardship Premium)
3) High degree of Hardship (30% Hardship Premium)
4) Extreme Hardship (40% Hardship Premium).


The Xpatulator.com Minimal Hardship Premium Locations (10% Premium) as at July 2013: 


Reference The hardship ranking information contained in this article is updated quarterly using data collected by Xpatulator.com over the past 12 months. International hardship calculations are only available using Xpatulator.com's online expatriate calculators that enable users to create personalized reports which include: 


Published by Xpatulator.com on 1 July 2013.

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