Colombia is in Northern South America, bordering the Caribbean Sea, between Panama and Venezuela, and bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between Ecuador and Panama. The climate is tropical along coast and the eastern plains, but cooler in the highlands. The official language is Spanish. Many Colombian businesspeople speak English and so do most reception staff at business-class hotels in main cities. It is appreciated if visitors try to speak Spanish. Other languages are not widely spoken, but hotels can generally aid visitors by hiring interpreters for them if required. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of Colombia is that of a free market economy with major commercial and investment ties to the United Nations. Transition from a highly regulated economy has been underway for more than a decade. Business introductions are usually formal, for example it is expected to use formal professional titles followed by surname. Expatriate business dress is formal. The security risk for expatriates in Colombia is medium, but high in rural areas and near the borders with Venezuela and Ecuador. Risks include street crime, including violent crime, abduction in some remote areas, and terrorism. The currency of Colombia is the Colombian Peso (COP). US dollars are easily exchangeable. Use credit and debit cards and ATMs with vigilance as crime rates are high. Medical facilities vary widely. Private clinics in large cities provide good quality care all levels of treatment. However public health facilities, particularly in smaller cities are generally not properly equipped and poorly funded. The population of Colombia is 49.6 Million (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 3.86% for Colombia as at October 2019. Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Colombia is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 33%. The value of each tax unit (UVT) is equivalent to COP 33,156 for fiscal year 2018. Within Colombia we also cover Bogota.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in 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 Colombia is as follows: Colombia as at 1 November 2019 is very low in comparison to other places in the world. 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$640. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$8.85, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$0.78, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$1.55 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$1.77. 2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$680. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$50, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$73, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$67 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$32. 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$134. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$31, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.04 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$19200. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$12,396 for Primary School, and USD$13,794 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$2050. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$695, and USD$597 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$430. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$1.67, 1 kg oranges USD$0.84, 1 head lettuce USD$0.74, 1 kg potatos USD$0.63, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$3.31, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$2.81, 1 dozen large eggs USD$1.41, 500g loaf white bread USD$0.83, 1 L full cream milk USD$0.74, and 1.5 L water USD$0.81. 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$480. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$39, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,203. 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$2500. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$1,927 in a central location, and USD$1,173 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$320. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$6.26, while an international newspaper is USD$1.92. 10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$250. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$20, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$100. 11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$250. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$3.54, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$24 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$330. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$1.14, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$0.67, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$4.42, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$17.69. 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$440. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$0.73, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$13,566. Colombia is -42.9% cheaper than USA for groceries, -5.7% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 10.4% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for Colombia for an expat from Australia, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Colombia) premium of 30% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. Colombia 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 Colombia? Register subscribe to your home location and Colombia and run your personalised reports.