Belarus is in Eastern Europe, east of Poland. The climate is cold in winter, with cool moist summers. The official languages are Belarusian and Russian. Polish, Ukrainian and Hebrew are also spoken by the local communities. Some younger, educated Belarusians are likely to speak some English. The main religion is Christianity. The Belarusian economy remains largely state-controlled. Thus approximately half of Belarusians are employed by state-controlled companies. The country relies on imports such as oil from Russia. Important agricultural products include potatoes and cattle by-products, including meat. As of 1994, the biggest exports from Belarus were heavy machinery (especially tractors), agricultural products, and energy products. Belarusians are generally serious, conservative, and intolerant of alternative lifestyles. Non-Caucasian visitors may encounter racist attitudes. Business meetings are usually formal and both men and women should wear conservative business suits when conducting business. It may be expected for expatriates to drink a toast to friendship or the success of a business venture. The security risk for expatriates in Belarus is low. Risks are mainly petty crime. The currency of Belarus is the Belarusian Ruble (BYR). US dollars and Euros are accepted. It is not possible to exchange BYR into other currencies outside Belarus. ATMs are available in major cities. Credit cards are not widely accepted. Medical facilities are generally below international standards. The population of Belarus is 9.5 Million (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 5.3% for Belarus as at September 2019. Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Belarus is based on the current personal income tax rate which is a flat rate of 13%.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in We have collected prices for the same items, world wide, 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 Belarus is as follows: Belarus as at 1 October 2019 is average in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & 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$910 2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$1280 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$76 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$23700 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$3250 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$700 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$610 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$2800 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$745 10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$295 11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$350 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$430 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$510 Belarus is -5.8% cheaper than USA for groceries, 5.3% more expensive for household costs than UK, and 30.2% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for Belarus for an expat from Australia, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Belarus) premium of 30% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. Belarus is ranked as a high degree of hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Belarus? Register subscribe to your home location and Belarus and run your personalised reports.