Brazzaville is the capital and largest city of the Republic of the Congo. Over a third of the population of the Republic of Congo lives in the capital, and it is home to 40% of non-agricultural employment. It is also a financial and administrative capital. Industries present in Brazzaville include: machine shops, textiles, tanning, and manufacturing. As a key port on the Congo River, the city takes deliveries of raw materials, such as: rubber, wood and agricultural products. From here they are generally sent onward to Pointe-Noire for export. 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 Brazzaville is 1.8 Million (2016 est.), while the inflation rate is 39.04% (Apr 2017).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Brazzaville, 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): Brazzaville as at 1 July 2017 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Average 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: Low 9) Miscellaneous: High 10) Personal Care: Very High 11) Recreation & Culture: High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Average 13) Transport: Very High Brazzaville is for example 85.6% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, -4.3% cheaper for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 80.5% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Brazzaville for an expat from Perth, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Brazzaville) premium of 40% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Brazzaville is ranked as a extreme hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Brazzaville? Register subscribe to your home location and Brazzaville and run your personalised reports.