Bandar Seri Begawan is the capital and largest city of the Sultanate of Brunei. The city produces furniture, textiles, handicrafts, and timber. Brunei is in South-eastern Asia, bordering the South China Sea and Malaysia. The climate is tropical, hot, humid, and rainy. The official language is Bahasa Melayu (Malay). English and various dialects of Chinese are also spoken. The main religions are Islam, Buddhism and Christianity. The economy of Brunei is small but wealthy with a mixture of foreign and domestic entrepreneurship, government regulation, welfare measures, and village tradition. Crude oil and natural gas production account for nearly half of its GDP. Substantial income from overseas investment supplements income from domestic production. Bruneians shake hands with a light touch of the hands and raising their hand to their chest. As in most Islamic countries, some people do not shake hands with members of the opposite sex. Expatriate business dress is formal when conducting business. Muslims in Brunei dress conservatively and many women wear a head scarf in public including offices. Non-Muslim women are not required to wear a head scarf. The working week is Sunday to Thursday. Businesses are closed on Fridays. The security risk for expatriates in Brunei is low. Risk is primarily traffic accidents. Expatriates should be aware of Islamic cultural sensitivities. The currency of Brunei is the Brunei Dollar (BND). Singapore dollars may also be used and are of the same value as the Brunei Dollar. Credit cards are generally accepted. Medical facilities are generally acceptable. The population of Bandar Seri Begawan is 280,000 (Urban) (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is -0.8% for Brunei as at August 2019. Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Brunei is based on the current personal income tax rate of 0% as there is currently no personal income tax.
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 Bandar Seri Begawan is as follows: Bandar Seri Begawan 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$1020 2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$890 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$266 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$20400 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$2425 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$840 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$600 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$2350 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$460 10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$215 11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$355 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$480 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$640 Bandar Seri Begawan is 29.9% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 10.4% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 8.1% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Bandar Seri Begawan for an expat from Perth, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Bandar Seri Begawan) premium of 30% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Bandar Seri Begawan 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 Bandar Seri Begawan? Register subscribe to your home location and Bandar Seri Begawan and run your personalised reports.