Burundi is in Central Africa, east of Democratic Republic of the Congo. The climate is equatorial with considerable altitude variation but generally moderate temperatures. The official language is Kirundi. Kiswahili is also spoken in the capital and along Lake Tanganyika. The main international language is French, although English is increasingly used in Bujumbura. The main religions are Christianity and indigenous beliefs. The economy of Burundi is one of the poorest in the world, owing in part to its landlocked geography, poor legal system, lack of access to education, and the proliferation of HIV/AIDS. Approximately 80% of Burundi's population lives in poverty. Burundi society is generally conservative but tolerant. Expatriate business dress is conservative and formal, generally a light business suit is suitable. Business is generally conducted in French. The security risk for expatriates in Burundi is medium, but high in the Cibitoke, and the Bubanza provinces, the suburbs of Bujumbura and the Bujumbura Rural Province. The areas bordering the eastern Congo (DRC) are considered dangerous. Risks include petty crime, armed robberies, violent attacks and kidnapping. The currency of Burundi is the Burundi Franc (BIF). Burundi is largely a cash based economy. Credit and debit cards are not generally accepted. While there are some ATMs they tend to be unreliable and increase your risk of robbery. Medical facilities in Burundi are extremely limited. Cholera has been reported and Malaria is common. The population of Burundi is 10.5 Million (2017 est.), while the inflation rate is 15.3% (Nov 2017).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Burundi, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Burundi as at 1 January 2018 is low in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Average 2) Clothing: Very Low 3) Communication: High 4) Education: Average 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: Low 7) Healthcare: Very Low 8) Household Accommodation: Very Low 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: Very Low 11) Recreation & Culture: Average 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Average 13) Transport: Low Burundi is for example -11.6% cheaper than USA for groceries, -47% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 79.3% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for Burundi for an expat from Australia, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Burundi) premium of 40% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. Burundi is ranked as a extreme hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Burundi? Register subscribe to your home location and Burundi and run your personalised reports.