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Expat Salary: Detailed international cost of living and salary comparison.

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Congo, All Areas

Congo, All AreasThe 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 5.1 Million (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 4.57% for Congo as at June 2019.

Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for the Congo is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 40%. A tax rate of 20% is applicable on salaries for duties performed in the Republic of Congo by foreign employees seconded to work in the Republic of Congo for limited periods.

Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in Congo as at 1 July 2019 is very high in comparison to other places in the world.

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):
1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Low
2) Clothing: High
3) Communication: Very High
4) Education: Very High
5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High
6) Groceries: Very High
7) Healthcare: High
8) Household Accommodation: Very High
9) Miscellaneous: High
10) Personal Care: High
11) Recreation & Culture: Very High
12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: High
13) Transport: Very High

Congo is for example 51% more expensive than USA for groceries, 33.3% more expensive for household costs than UK, and 159.5% more expensive for transport costs than India.

Congo is ranked as a extreme hardship location.

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%.

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