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Comoros, All Areas
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Comoros, All Areas

Cost of living in the Comoros, prices and what it is like to live for an Expat, quality of life / hardship, and compare cost of living for Expatriates as at July 2021.

What is it like to live in the Comoros?




Climate: The climate is tropical marine.

Language: The official languages are French and Arabic. Most people speak Comoran, a mix of Arabic and Swahili.

Religion: Islam.

Economy: 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.

Inflation: 0.3% for Comoros as at April 201.

Money: 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.

Tax: In Comoros is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 30%.

Population: 867,200 (2020 est.)

Expat Life: In the Comoros business is relatively informal and slow. Expatriate dress code is neat but relatively casual, such as a lightweight suit, and should respect Muslim sensitivities by covering shoulders, chest and knees. The safety 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.

Health Care: Health care facilities are basic and limited on all three islands, and are mostly private. Malaria and cholera are common.

the Comoros covers all areas within the country other than Moroni.


Cost Of Living

What is the cost of living in Comoros?

The cost of living for expatriates in Comoros as at July 2021 is low in comparison to other places in the world, with an overall Cost of Living Index (COLI), for all 13 basket groups, of 62.56 (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 Comoros is as follows:

1) Alcohol and/or Tobacco: Cost is average 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$760. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$8.80, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$1.11, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$2.02 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$2.81.

2) Clothing: Cost is low for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$680. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$34, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$74, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$59 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$29.

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$172. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$63, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.09 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$23100. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$15,087 for Primary School, and USD$16,790 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$654, and USD$561 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$630. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$2.90, 1 kg oranges USD$1.48, 1 head lettuce USD$0.55, 1 kg potatos USD$0.95, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$5.83, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$11.65, 1 dozen large eggs USD$2.26, 500g loaf white bread USD$0.70, 1 L full cream milk USD$1.40, and 1.5 L water USD$0.66.

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$540. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$44, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,337.

8) Household Accommodation: Cost is average 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$2050. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$1,648 in a central location, and USD$1,110 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$375. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$7.35, while an international newspaper is USD$2.26.

10) Personal Care: Cost is very low for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$210. 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$84.

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$295. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$6.11, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$60 per month.

12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Cost is 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$370. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$2.05, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$0.73, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$6.02, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$28.39.

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$940. 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$21,253.


How does the cost of living in Comoros compare?

Comoros is -23% cheaper than USA for groceries, -40.2% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 79.8% more expensive for transport costs than India.


What is the quality of life / hardship in Comoros?

Comoros is ranked as a high degree of hardship location.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%.



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