Antigua and Barbuda are Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east-southeast of Puerto Rico. The climate is tropical and maritime with little seasonal temperature variation. The official language is English which is generally used in Business. Antiguan Creole English and Barbuda Creole English are also spoken. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of Antigua and Barbuda's is service-based, with tourism and government services representing the key sources of employment and income. Tourism accounts directly or indirectly for more than half of GDP and is also the principal earner of foreign exchange in Antigua and Barbuda. In Antigua and Barbuda people are relatively casual regarding agendas and time schedules. Swimming attire should not be worn in public places, only at the beach or pool and camouflage clothing is forbidden. Business attire usually comprises a lightweight suit/dress for business meetings. Expatriate women should exercise caution at all times and avoid travelling alone at night. The security risk for expatriates in Antigua and Barbuda is low. Risks include petty street crime, and to a lesser extent violent crime and armed assault, particularly when walking alone at night in urban areas. St Johns has a higher crime rate than the rest of Antigua and Barbuda. Other risks include hurricanes and tropical storms. The currency of Antigua and Barbuda is the East Caribbean Dollar (XCD). Medical facilities are good but limited and generally expensive. Serious or complex medical treatment may require evacuation which can be expensive. Dengue fever occurs. Cases of Chikungunya virus have been reported. The population of Antigua and Barbuda is 100,960 (2017 est.), while the inflation rate is 1.4% (2012 est).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Antigua and Barbuda, 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): Antigua and Barbuda as at 1 January 2018 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High 2) Clothing: Very High 3) Communication: Low 4) Education: Average 5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: High 8) Household Accommodation: High 9) Miscellaneous: Average 10) Personal Care: High 11) Recreation & Culture: High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very High 13) Transport: Very High Antigua and Barbuda is for example 59.4% more expensive than USA for groceries, 4.9% more expensive for household costs than UK, and 143.3% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for Antigua and Barbuda for an expat from Australia, is for example 10%, i.e. host location (Antigua and Barbuda) premium of 20% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. Antigua and Barbuda is ranked as a some hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Antigua and Barbuda? Register subscribe to your home location and Antigua and Barbuda and run your personalised reports.