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Burkina Faso, All Areas
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Burkina Faso, All Areas

Cost of living in Burkina Faso, prices and what it is like to live for an Expat, quality of life / hardship, and compare cost of living for Expatriates as at October 2020.

What is it like to live in Burkina Faso?




Climate: The climate is tropical with warm, dry winters and hot, wet summers.

Language: The official language is French. Many business people will also know some English. Although most of the population also speak local languages such as Mossi and Mandinka.

Religion: Indigenous beliefs, Islam and Christianity.

Economy: The economy of Burkina Faso is one of the poorest in the world. More than 80 percent of the population relies on subsistence agriculture, with only a small fraction directly involved in industry and services.

Inflation: 4.5% for Burkina Faso as at September 2020.

Money: The currency of Burkina Faso is the CFA Franc BCEAO (XOF). Burkina Faso is largely a cash based economy. Cards are accepted at a few of the larger hotels and restaurants in Ouagadougou. ATMs are very limited.

Tax: In Burkina Faso is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 25%.

Population: 20.8 Million (2020 est.)

Expat Life: Burkina Faso is influenced by French customs. Expatriates must be aware of and respect local customs, especially outside major cities. Age is important and more senior personnel should be addressed with respect. Expatriate dress code comprises suits for official meetings, otherwise a shirt and tie is appropriate for men. For women modest dress to avoid offending the significant Muslim population is advisable. Government officials wear national dress. Most business is conducted in French. Women can be find at the highest levels of public and business organisations. The working week is Sunday to Thursday. Businesses are closed on Fridays. The safety risk for expatriates in Burkina Faso is medium, but high in the Oudalan, Soum and Loroum provinces where there is risk of kidnapping and attacks by Mali-based Islamist militants. Risks include opportunistic street crime and armed robbery with expatriates often the target. Other risks include corruption amongst the police and government officials.

Health Care: Health care facilities in Burkina Faso are extremely limited. In cases requiring urgent serious health care treatment, health care evacuation is usually required. Malaria and other tropical and water-borne diseases are common. The Coronavirus COVID-19 total reported cases for Burkina Faso as at 29 October 2020 is 2,466, with 67 deaths. The rate of deaths per 1 million population is 3.

Burkina Faso covers all areas within the country other than Ouagadougou.


Cost Of Living

What is the cost of living in Burkina Faso?



The cost of living for expatriates in Burkina Faso as at October 2020 is low in comparison to other places in the world, with an overall Cost of Living Index (COLI), for all 13 basket groups, of 53.98 (New York =100). 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 Burkina Faso is as follows:

1) Alcohol and/or Tobacco: Cost is low for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$550. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$10.45, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$1.70, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$2.41 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$2.59.

2) Clothing: Cost is very low for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$580. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$46, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$56, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$63 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$38.

3) Communication: Cost is average 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$180. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$78, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.14 per minute.

4) Education: Cost is average for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30,000 in New York costs USD$21000. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$13,559 for Primary School, and USD$15,089 for High School.

5) Furniture & Appliances: Cost is average for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2,500 in New York costs USD$1775. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$651, and USD$559 for a 46+'' LED UHD TV.

6) Groceries: Cost is low for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$610. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$2.81, 1 kg oranges USD$1.75, 1 head lettuce USD$0.95, 1 kg potatos USD$1.71, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$6.65, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$12.54, 1 dozen large eggs USD$2.32, 500g loaf white bread USD$1.49, 1 L full cream milk USD$2.19, and 1.5 L water USD$0.98.

7) Healthcare: Cost is low for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$500. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$40, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,234.

8) Household Accommodation: Cost is very low for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5,000 in New York costs USD$1350. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$1,536 in a central location, and USD$815 in a suburban location, per month, excluding utilities.

9) Miscellaneous: Cost is average for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$340. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$6.59, while an international newspaper is USD$2.03.

10) Personal Care: Cost is low for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$205. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$17, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$83.

11) Recreation & Culture: Cost is low for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$300. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$6.32, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$57 per month.

12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Cost is very low for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$340. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$2.42, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$1.14, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$7.24, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$36.38.

13) Transport: Cost is average for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$790. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$0.94, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$22,675.


How does the cost of living in Burkina Faso compare?

Burkina Faso is -25.3% cheaper than USA for groceries, -57.8% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 65.7% more expensive for transport costs than India.


What is the quality of life / hardship in Burkina Faso?

Burkina Faso is ranked as an extreme hardship location.The hardship premium for Burkina Faso for an expat from Australia, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Burkina Faso) premium of 40% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%.



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