Cost of living in Belarus, prices and what it is like to live for an Expat, quality of life / hardship, and compare cost of living for Expatriates as at April 2020. What is it like to live in Belarus?
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 safety 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.
Health care facilities are generally below international standards.
The population is 9.5 Million (2019 est.), and the inflation rate (CPI) is 4.4% for Belarus as at February 2020.
The Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Belarus is based on the current personal income tax rate which is a flat rate of 13%.
Within Belarus we also cover
Cost Of Living
What is the cost of living in Belarus?
The cost of living for expatriates in Belarus as at April 2020 is 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 Belarus 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$910. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$10.14, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$1.21, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$2.55 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$2.04. 2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$1340. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$62, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$89, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$93 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$39. 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. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$13, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.04 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$24000. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$15,530 for Primary School, and USD$17,282 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$3325. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$888, and USD$762 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$710. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$1.43, 1 kg oranges USD$2.02, 1 head lettuce USD$1.35, 1 kg potatos USD$0.59, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$4.50, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$7.64, 1 dozen large eggs USD$1.53, 500g loaf white bread USD$0.79, 1 L full cream milk USD$0.91, and 1.5 L water USD$0.82. 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. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$50, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,531. 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$1750. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$1,909 in a central location, and USD$1,150 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$745. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$14.52, while an international newspaper is USD$4.47. 10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$290. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$23, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$116. 11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$350. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$5.20, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$42 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$420. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$2.16, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$1.05, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$6.08, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$38.40. 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$520. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$0.74, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$14,811. How does the cost of living in Belarus compare?
Belarus is -4.9% cheaper than USA for groceries, -37.9% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 9.8% more expensive for transport costs than India.
What is the quality of life / hardship in Belarus?
Belarus is ranked as a high degree of hardship location.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%.
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.