The Republic of the Congo is in Western Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Angola and Gabon. The climate is tropical with a rainy season and a dry season but persistent high temperatures and humidity all year round. The official language is French in business. Kongo/Kituba and Lingala are the other two regional language. The main religions are Christianity and indigenous African beliefs. The economy of the Republic of the Congo is a mixture of village agriculture and handicrafts, an industrial sector based largely on petroleum extraction, support services, and a government characterized by budget problems and overstaffing. The Congo's growing petroleum sector is by far the country's major revenue earner. In the Congo, business culture is influenced by French traditions. French is the language of business. Expatriate business dress is relatively formal. Expatriate businesswomen may find their local (mostly male) counterparts may not respect them in business negotiations, however there is respect for job titles which should be clearly established in advance. The security risk for expatriates in the Congo is medium, but high for the Pool region bordering the DRC. Risks include petty theft, armed crime, as well as violent crime, especially in the Pool region. The currency of the Congo is the CFA Franc BEAC (XAF). Medical facilities are extremely limited, particularly in rural areas, and medical evacuation is likely to be necessary for all but the most basic treatments. Outbreaks of Ebola have occurred. Don’t eat bush meat as this is widely thought to be responsible for a number of diseases, including Ebola. The population of the Congo is 4 Million (2017 est.), while the inflation rate is 67.57% (Sept 2017).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Congo, 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): Congo as at 1 January 2018 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Low 2) Clothing: Very Low 3) Communication: Very High 4) Education: Very High 5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: High 8) Household Accommodation: Very Low 9) Miscellaneous: High 10) Personal Care: High 11) Recreation & Culture: High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Low 13) Transport: Very High Congo is for example 49.7% more expensive than USA for groceries, -41.2% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 200% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for Congo for an expat from Australia, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (the Congo) premium of 40% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. Congo is ranked as a extreme hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Congo? Register subscribe to your home location and Congo and run your personalised reports.