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Afghanistan, Kabul

Afghanistan, KabulKabul is the capital and largest city of Afghanistan, and is located in the province of Greater Kabul. It is an economic and cultural centre. Kabul's products include: natural gas, cotton, wool, carpets, agriculture, and some small production companies.

Afghanistan is a landlocked country in Central, and Southern Asia and is part of the Greater Middle East. It is bordered in the north by Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan; south and east by Pakistan, west by Iran and in the far northeast by China. The climate is arid to semi arid with cold winters and hot summers.

Dari (Afghan Persian) and Pashto are the country's official languages, the former is used in business and government. English is spoken among the elite, but to a lesser degree by the rest of the population. The main religion is Islam.

The economy of Afghanistan has improved significantly since 2002 due to the infusion of multi-billion US dollars in international assistance and investments, remittances from expats, dramatic improvements in agricultural production and the end of a four-year drought in most of the country. However, Afghanistan still remains one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world and is highly dependent on foreign aid.

In Afghanistan conservative Islamic values should be respected. Men and women are strictly segregated. It is advisable to use your right hand for eating, greeting and accepting gifts. It is not advisable to take photographs of local people, or official buildings etc. Expatriate women should dress modestly in public and ensure hair, arms and legs are covered. They should also be accompanied by an expatriate male colleague and sit in the back seat of vehicles. The working week is Sunday to Thursday. Businesses are closed on Fridays.

The security risk for expatriates is extreme in Afghanistan. Risks include armed insurgent activities targeted at the government and foreign security personnel, suicide attacks, armed robbery, petty theft, carjacking and rape.

The currency of Afghanistan is the Afghanistan Afghani (AFN). Credit cards are not accepted. Some ATMs in Kabul dispense US dollars as well as the local currency.

Medical facilities are limited. Diarrhoeal diseases and other gastrointestinal infections are common. Respiratory tuberculosis is common. Malaria is present.

The population of Kabul is 4.6 Million (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 0.2% for Afghanistan as at March 2018.

For a single Expat, the personal income tax rate in Afghanistan is progressive up to 20%.

Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in Kabul as at 1 April 2018 is very low in comparison to other places in the world.

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

Kabul is for example 8.6% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, -38.6% cheaper for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and -4.8% cheaper for transport costs than Dubai.

Kabul is ranked as a extreme hardship location.

The hardship premium for Kabul for an expat from Perth, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Kabul) premium of 40% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%.

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