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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 dress code 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 safety 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).
Health care facilities are extremely limited, particularly in rural areas, and health care 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 is 5.1 Million (2019 est.), and the inflation rate (CPI) is 3.8% for Congo as at August 2019.
The Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for 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.
Within the Congo we also cover Brazzaville.
The cost of living for expatriates in Congo as at January 2020 is high in comparison to other places in the world. 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 Congo is as follows: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$590. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$9.43, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$1.12, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$3.36 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$2.47.2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$890. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$55, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$79, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$106 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$63.3) 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$324. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$106, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.18 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$28200. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$18,381 for Primary School, and USD$20,455 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$2300. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$733, and USD$629 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$870. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$3.74, 1 kg oranges USD$4.11, 1 head lettuce USD$1.64, 1 kg potatos USD$2.99, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$10.21, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$9.43, 1 dozen large eggs USD$3.22, 500g loaf white bread USD$1.91, 1 L full cream milk USD$1.87, and 1.5 L water USD$2.47.7) 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$740. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$60, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,841.8) 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$2450. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$4,688 in a central location, and USD$2,553 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$435. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$8.52, while an international newspaper is USD$2.62.10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$340. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$27, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$136.11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$515. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$13.46, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$108 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$590. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$2.24, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$0.95, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$6.17, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$67.30.13) 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$770. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$1.11, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$30,200.
Congo is 16.2% more expensive than USA for groceries, -9.8% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 95% more expensive for transport costs than India.
Congo is ranked as an 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%.