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Algeria is in Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Morocco and Tunisia.
The climate is arid to semi arid with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers along coast. It is drier with cold winters and hot summers on the high plateau. Hot dust/sand-laden wind is especially common in summer.
The official language is Arabic. Business and administration are conducted in French. The Berber dialect Tamazight, which has the status of a ‘national language' is spoken in the Kabylie region and in parts of Algiers.
The main religion is Islam.
The economy of Algeria is largely reliant on significant exports of petroleum and natural gas. The reserves are mostly in the Eastern Sahara; the Algerian government curbed the exports in the 1980s to slow depletion; exports increased again somewhat in the 1990s. Algeria trades most extensively with France and Italy, in terms of both imports and exports, but also trades with the United States and Spain.
In Algeria Islamic values and local cultural sensitivities should be respected. It is not advisable to take photographs of local people, or official buildings etc. It is advisable to use your right hand for eating, greeting and accepting gifts. Expatriates should dress modestly (keeping knees and shoulders covered). Algerian businesswomen generally follow Western fashion and expatriate women may wear their normal (conservative) business attire. The working week is Sunday to Thursday. The safety risk for expatriates in Algeria is medium overall, but high in the south. Risks include general crime, social unrest, and armed attacks in the mountainous areas in the north and north-east of Algeria. Other risks include those related to seismic activity.
The currency of Algeria is the Algerian Dinar (DZD). ATMs and credit cards are only accepted at a limited number of hotels and some businesses in the larger cities. Algeria has strict foreign exchange regulations.
Health care facilities at private clinics are generally better than at government hospitals.
The population is 40.4 Million (2019 est.), and the inflation rate (CPI) is 2.2% for Algeria as at October 2019.
The Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Algeria is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 35%. Up to DZD 120,000 oer month is tax free. There is no special expatriate tax regime in Algeria.
Within Algeria we also cover Algiers.
The cost of living for expatriates in Algeria as at January 2020 is very low in comparison to other places in the world. We have collected prices for the same items, world wide, based on Expat spending norms, in or closest to the location, and converted them to $USD so that we can compare the cost of 13 different baskets in 780 global locations. For each basket, compared to New York, the equivalent cost in Algeria is as follows:1) Alcohol and/or Tobacco: for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$600. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$7.59, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$1.64, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$2.11 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$2.70.2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$660. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$35, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$66, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$65 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$44.3) Communication: for various communication costs such as home telephone rental, internet subscription, mobile service provider tariff and data costs. A basket costing USD$200 in New York costs USD$124. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$25, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.08 per minute.4) Education: for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30000 in New York costs USD$21000. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$13,743 for Primary School, and USD$15,293 for High School.5) Furniture & Appliances: for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2500 in New York costs USD$1650. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$633, and USD$543 for a 46+'' LED UHD TV.6) Groceries: for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$390. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$2.77, 1 kg oranges USD$1.66, 1 head lettuce USD$0.69, 1 kg potatos USD$0.61, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$4.81, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$7.98, 1 dozen large eggs USD$1.51, 500g loaf white bread USD$0.18, 1 L full cream milk USD$0.66, and 1.5 L water USD$0.34.7) Healthcare: for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$630. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$51, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,560.8) Household Accommodation: for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5000 in New York costs USD$1800. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$1,760 in a central location, and USD$1,033 in a suburban location, per month, excluding utilities.9) Miscellaneous: for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$665. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$12.97, while an international newspaper is USD$3.99.10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$365. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$29, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$146.11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$195. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$5.42, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$23 per month.12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$450. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$0.74, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$0.69, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$4.33, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$16.25.13) Transport: for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$440. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$0.30, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$25,008.
Algeria is -47.4% cheaper than USA for groceries, -34.8% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 12.6% more expensive for transport costs than India.
Algeria is ranked as a high degree of hardship location.The hardship premium for Algeria for an expat from Australia, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Algeria) premium of 30% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%.