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Azerbaijan is in South Western Asia, bordering the Caspian Sea, between Iran and Russia, with a small European portion north of the Caucasus range.
The climate is dry and semi arid.
The official language is Azeri which is widely spoken, it is closely related to Anatolian Turkish. Russian is widely understood. Increasing numbers of the young population speak English, mostly in Baku, but for business purposes an interpreter may be necessary.
The main religion is Islam.
The economy of Azerbaijan has largely completed its post-Soviet transition into a major oil based economy (with the completion of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline), from one where the state played the major role.
Azerbaijanis are very hospitable. While Islamic values prevail, adherence to Islam is not strict, and conservative Western clothing is acceptable. At religious sites and in the more traditional and rural areas clothing should be modest, and women are expected to cover their heads, shoulders and arms. While alcohol is freely available, drinking to excess and public drunkenness is not socially acceptable. Business meetings are generally formal and professional titles are preferred. Business dinners often include toasts and visitors should be prepared to make a short speech or toast in response to one from their hosts. The safety risk for expatriates in Azerbaijan is medium overall, but high for the Armenian border areas and Nagorno-Karabakh. Risks include generalised petty street crime, tension between Azerbaijan and neighbouring Armenia over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as the risk of terrorist attacks. Other risks include the poor road conditions outside of Baku.
All goods and services are priced and must be paid for in local currency (Manats). Major currencies such as Sterling, US dollars and Euros can be easily exchanged. Most international hotels, supermarkets and restaurants accept major credit cards. ATMs can be found in most major towns and cities.
Health care facilities outside Baku are very limited. For expatriates serious illness or injury may require evacuation to Turkey or Western Europe.
The population is 9.9 Million (2019 est.), and the inflation rate (CPI) is 2.6% for Azerbaijan as at November 2019.
The Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Azerbaijan is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 14% for employees who are engaged in employment for non-oil-gas and non-government sectors and 25% for employees of the oil and gas and government sectors.
Within Azerbaijan we also cover Baku.
The cost of living for expatriates in Azerbaijan 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 Azerbaijan 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$580. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$6.11, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$1.07, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$2.34 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$3.06.2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$770. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$41, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$92, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$66 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$41.3) 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$72. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$16, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.03 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$15300. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$9,935 for Primary School, and USD$11,056 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$2125. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$704, and USD$605 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$430. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$0.98, 1 kg oranges USD$1.72, 1 head lettuce USD$0.52, 1 kg potatos USD$0.65, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$4.23, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$4.71, 1 dozen large eggs USD$1.44, 500g loaf white bread USD$0.36, 1 L full cream milk USD$1.17, and 1.5 L water USD$0.61.7) 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$670. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$54, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,675.8) 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$1400. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$1,628 in a central location, and USD$910 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$265. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$5.14, while an international newspaper is USD$1.58.10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$515. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$41, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$207.11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$260. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$5.34, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$43 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$410. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$2.95, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$0.55, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$6.11, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$30.54.13) 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$400. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$0.55, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$17,621.
Azerbaijan is -42.6% cheaper than USA for groceries, -49.1% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 1.8% more expensive for transport costs than India.
Azerbaijan is ranked as a high degree of hardship location.The hardship premium for Azerbaijan for an expat from Australia, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Azerbaijan) premium of 30% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%.