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Angola, All Areas

Angola, All Areas

Cost of living in Angola, prices and what it is like to live for an Expat, quality of life / hardship, and compare cost of living for Expatriates as at October 2023.

What is it like to live in Angola?

Climate: The climate is semi arid in the south and along the coast to Luanda. The north has a cool and dry season (May to October) and a hot and rainy season (November to April).

Language: Portuguese is the language of the former colonial power and predominates in Luanda's business circles. English is increasingly spoken in commercial circles, as is French.

Religion: Christianity.

Economy: The economy of Angola is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, but is still recovering from the Angolan Civil War that plagued Angola from independence in 1975 until 2002. Despite extensive oil and gas resources, diamonds, hydroelectric potential, and rich agricultural land, Angola remains poor, and a third of the population relies on subsistence agriculture.

Inflation: 13.54% for Angola as at August 2023.

Money: The currency of Angola is the Angolan New Kwanza (AOA). Credit cards are accepted in a limited (but increasing) number of hotels and restaurants. There have been reports of credit cards being cloned. ATM’s are increasing in number but are limited. US dollar cash is widely used.

Tax: In Angola is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 25%. There are 3 groups of remuneration (A, B and C). The rates used for Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax purposes are for Group A which applies to employees and public servants.

Population: 32.7 Million (2022 est.)

Expat Life: In Angola it is advisable to know a few words in Portuguese, use formal titles and exchange compliments when greeting. It is not advisable to take photographs of local people, or official buildings etc. Business attire varies from conservative, lightweight to casual due to the weather. The safety risk for expatriates in Angola is medium, but high in Cabinda province. Risks include violent crime, undetected landmines, remnant wartime explosives and bandits.

Health Care: Private health care facilities are good in Luanda. They are costly and most charge in advance. In the rest of the country health care is very limited and basic.

Angola covers all areas within the country other than Luanda.

Cost Of Living

What is the cost of living in Angola?

The cost of living for expatriates in Angola as at October 2023 is average in comparison to other places in the world, with an overall Cost of Living Index (COLI), for all 13 basket groups, of 58.38 (New York =100). 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 Angola is as follows:

1) Alcohol and/or Tobacco: Cost is low for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$510. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$10.91, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$2.54, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$1.40 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$2.69.

2) Clothing: Cost is very high for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$1240. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$154, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$196, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$283 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$96.

3) Communication: Cost is high 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$206. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$140, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$21.28 per minute.

4) Education: Cost is average for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30,000 in New York costs USD$24000. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$15,587 for Primary School, and USD$17,346 for High School.

5) Furniture & Appliances: Cost is average for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2,500 in New York costs USD$1925. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$675, and USD$580 for a 46+'' LED UHD TV.

6) Groceries: Cost is low for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$580. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$2.11, 1 kg oranges USD$2.25, 1 head lettuce USD$1.91, 1 kg potatos USD$1.08, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$4.11, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$5.36, 1 dozen large eggs USD$3.39, 500g loaf white bread USD$1.76, 1 L full cream milk USD$8.68, and 1.5 L water USD$0.69.

7) Healthcare: Cost is average for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$690. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$56, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,728.

8) Household Accommodation: Cost is low for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5,000 in New York costs USD$1600. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$4,086 in a central location, and USD$1,408 in a suburban location, per month, excluding utilities.

9) Miscellaneous: Cost is very high for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$625. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$12.18, while an international newspaper is USD$3.75.

10) Personal Care: Cost is very high for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$505. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$40, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$201.

11) Recreation & Culture: Cost is average for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$345. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$6.29, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$56 per month.

12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Cost is average for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$480. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$4.89, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$2.31, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$11.05, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$78.65.

13) Transport: Cost is low for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$560. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$1.35, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$20,936.

How does the cost of living in Angola compare?

Angola is -27.7% cheaper than USA for groceries, -46.5% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 10.1% more expensive for transport costs than India.

What is the quality of life / hardship in Angola?

Angola is ranked as a high degree of hardship location.The hardship premium for Angola for an expat from Australia, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Angola) premium of 30% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%.

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