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Botswana, Gaborone

Botswana, GaboroneGaborone, is the capital and largest city of Botswana. Gaborone is the centre of the national economy. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has its headquarters in Gaborone.

Botswana is in Southern Africa, north of South Africa. The climate is semi arid with warm winters and hot summers.

The official languages are English and Setswana. Ikalanga is spoken around Francistown in the north-east, where most of Botswana's ethnic-Kalanga population lives. Most people in urban areas speak English. The main religions are Christianity and indigenous beliefs.

The economy of Botswana is that of a rapidly developing market economy. Being closely tied with the economy of South Africa, the country's economy is one of the most successful in Africa and is dominated by the fast-growing service sector, world-renowned diamond industry, tourism, and manufacturing.

In Botswana, clan structures and traditions are prevalent and expatriates should be sensitive to local customs. It is considered a mark of respect to support the right arm with the left when shaking hands. Expatriate business dress is typically conservative in the form of a lightweight suit or equivalent.

The security risk for expatriates in Botswana is low. Risks include low levels of petty crime and corruption.

The currency of Botswana is the Botswana Pula (BWP). While ATMs are available in major towns not all international cards are accepted. Major credit cards are accepted at most shops and restaurants in towns. Cashing travellers’ cheques is possible at some banks.

Medical facilities are generally good in major towns, but limited in rural areas. For serious medical treatment, medical evacuation to South Africa may be necessary. Private hospitals will generally not treat patients unless you have full insurance cover or can pay immediately, and the cost of health care is high. Outpatients must pay cash for treatment.

The population of Gaborone is 422,000 (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 2.4% for Botswana as at October 2019.

Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Botswana is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 25%.

Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in Gaborone as at 1 November 2019 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 Gaborone 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$610. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$3.70, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$0.74, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$1.11 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$1.85.
2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$650. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$41, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$67, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$79 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$24.
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$188. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$23, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.09 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$13500. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$8,823 for Primary School, and USD$9,818 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$1525. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$613, and USD$526 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$490. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$1.39, 1 kg oranges USD$1.62, 1 head lettuce USD$0.74, 1 kg potatos USD$0.74, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$4.50, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$2.77, 1 dozen large eggs USD$2.22, 500g loaf white bread USD$0.55, 1 L full cream milk USD$0.92, and 1.5 L water USD$1.16.
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$510. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$41, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,260.
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$2750. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$2,222 in a central location, and USD$1,332 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$355. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$6.97, while an international newspaper is USD$2.14.
10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$245. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$19, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$97.
11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$270. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$5.82, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$35 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$360. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$0.92, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$0.83, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$4.62, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$13.86.
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. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$0.84, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$17,562.

Gaborone is -23.3% cheaper than Houston TX for groceries, 29.5% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and -13.7% cheaper for transport costs than Dubai.

Gaborone is ranked as a some hardship location.

The hardship premium for Gaborone for an expat from Perth, is for example 10%, i.e. host location (Gaborone) premium of 20% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%.

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