The Central African Republic is in Central Africa, north of Democratic Republic of the Congo. The climate is tropical with hot, dry winters and mild to hot, wet summers. The official language is Sango. French is used for administrative and business transactions and is widely spoken. The main religions are Christianity, Islam and indigenous beliefs. The economy of the CAR is dominated by the cultivation and sale of food crops such as cassava, peanuts, maize, sorghum, millet, sesame, plantain and sara. Central Africans are general very friendly. Expatriate business dress is formal, comprising suits. In Muslim areas, drinking and smoking are prohibited and dress is more conservative, women are expected to cover their knees and shoulders. Business is generally conducted in French. The security risk for expatriates in the Central African Republic is high, with almost no government control outside the capital Bangui resulting in a high risk. Risks include robbery and kidnapping by rebels as well as high levels of petty crime. The currency of the Central African Republic is the CFA Franc BEAC (XAF). There are no international ATM's and credit or debit cards are generally not accepted. Medical facilities are extremely limited. Serious or complex medical treatment may require evacuation which can be expensive. Cholera is known to occur. The population of the Central African Republic is 4.6 Million (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 3% for the Central African Republic as at December 2018. Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for the Central African Republic is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 50%.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Central African Republic, 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): Central African Republic as at 1 April 2019 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Average 2) Clothing: Very Low 3) Communication: High 4) Education: Very High 5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: Average 8) Household Accommodation: Average 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: High 11) Recreation & Culture: Very High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very High 13) Transport: High Central African Republic is for example 68.5% more expensive than USA for groceries, -1.8% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 126.2% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for Central African Republic for an expat from Australia, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (the Central African Republic) premium of 40% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. Central African Republic is ranked as a extreme hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Central African Republic? Register subscribe to your home location and Central African Republic and run your personalised reports.