The Comoros is in Southern Africa. A group of islands at the northern mouth of the Mozambique Channel, about two-thirds of the way between northern Madagascar and northern Mozambique. The climate is tropical marine. The official languages are French and Arabic. Most people speak Comoran, a mix of Arabic and Swahili. The main religion is Islam. The economy of Comoros with an estimated gross domestic product (GDP) per capita income of about $700, is among the world's poorest and least developed nations. Comoros is made up of three islands that have inadequate transportation links, a young and rapidly increasing population, and few natural resources. The low educational level of the labour force contributes to a subsistence level of economic activity, high unemployment, and a heavy dependence on foreign grants and technical assistance. In the Comoros business is relatively informal and slow. Expatriate business dress is neat but relatively casual, such as a lightweight suit, and should respect Muslim sensitivities by covering shoulders, chest and knees. The security risk for expatriates in the Comoros is low, but medium in Anjouan and Moroni. Risks include petty crime such as pickpocketing and mugging, and those related to protests. Other risks include those related to tropical storms as well as volcanic activity. The currency of the Comoros is the Comoros Franc (KMF). The Comoros is largely a cash based economy. ATMs and banking facilities are limited. Very few hotels accept credit cards. Some hotels and restaurants will accept some foreign currencies such as US Dollars. Medical facilities are basic and limited on all three islands, and are mostly private. Malaria and cholera are common. The population of the Comoros is 770,000 (2017 est.), while the inflation rate is 1.8% (Dec 2016).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Comoros, 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): Comoros as at 1 January 2018 is high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High 2) Clothing: Low 3) Communication: Very High 4) Education: Very High 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: High 7) Healthcare: Very Low 8) Household Accommodation: Low 9) Miscellaneous: Average 10) Personal Care: Very Low 11) Recreation & Culture: Very High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very Low 13) Transport: Very High Comoros is for example 4.9% more expensive than USA for groceries, -25.7% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 159.8% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for Comoros for an expat from Australia, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (the Comoros) premium of 30% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. Comoros 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 Comoros? Register subscribe to your home location and Comoros and run your personalised reports.