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Congo Democratic Rep, All Areas
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Congo Democratic Rep, All AreasThe Democratic Republic of the Congo is in Central Africa, northeast of Angola. The climate is tropical. It is hot and humid in the equatorial river basin, cooler and drier in the southern highlands and cooler and wetter in the eastern highlands.

The official language is French. Western Congo local language is Lingala. Swahili dialects are spoken widely in the east and south. English is increasingly spoken and understood among Congolese elites, particularly in southern Congo, though it cannot be assumed that staff even in the highest-end hotels and restaurants will be able to communicate in English. The main religions are Christianity and Islam.

The economy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has vast potential due to it's natural resources and mineral wealth, yet the economy of the DRC has declined drastically since the mid-1980s.

In the DRC, business culture is influenced by French traditions. French is the language of business. Expatriate business dress is relatively formal. Official corruption is institutionalised. Expatriates should be aware that they will encounter requests for presents. The Congolese tend to keep their phones switched on even during meetings and do not consider it rude to take calls during a meeting. 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. A permit is required if you plan to take photographs.

The security risk for expatriates in the DRC is high to extreme in different areas. Risks include petty crime, violent crime, and armed robberies. Armed groups operate in the eastern provinces, it is not advisable to travel there. Other risks include poor road conditions, health standards and internal air travel, which does not meet international standards.

The currency of the DRC is the Congolese Franc (CDF) but US Dollars are widely used, providing they are in good condition and issued after 2001. There are a number of US Dollar ATMs in Kinshasa.

Medical care is extremely limited. Medical evacuation is often necessary. Isolated outbreaks of Ebola virus disease have occurred occasionally. Cholera has been reported.

The population of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is 78.7 Million (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 1.1% for the Republic of the Congo as at May 2018.

Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Democratic Republic of the Congo is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 40%. Where a company hires expatriates, it has to pay an exceptional tax (IERE).

Within the Democratic Republic of the Congo we also cover Kinshasa.


Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in Democratic Republic of the Congo as at 1 November 2019 is very 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 Democratic Republic of the 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$710. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$7.80, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$1.33, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$1.17 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$1.66.
2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$590. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$47, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$68, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$74 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$37.
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$200. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$58, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.32 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$25200. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$16,293 for Primary School, and USD$18,132 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$3900. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$977, and USD$838 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$1000. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$3.03, 1 kg oranges USD$2.36, 1 head lettuce USD$0.99, 1 kg potatos USD$1.19, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$6.06, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$6.91, 1 dozen large eggs USD$2.72, 500g loaf white bread USD$2.01, 1 L full cream milk USD$1.31, and 1.5 L water USD$0.69.
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$630. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$51, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,570.
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$4050. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$4,658 in a central location, and USD$3,014 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$375. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$7.27, while an international newspaper is USD$2.24.
10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$295. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$24, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$118.
11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$540. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$12.13, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$84 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$1000. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$3.57, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$1.50, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$6.71, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$39.56.
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$690. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$0.72, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$12,403.

Democratic Republic of the Congo is 33.5% more expensive than USA for groceries, 52.6% more expensive for household costs than UK, and 74.7% more expensive for transport costs than India.

Democratic Republic of the Congo is ranked as a extreme hardship location.

The hardship premium for Democratic Republic of the Congo for an expat from Australia, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (the Democratic Republic of the Congo) premium of 40% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%.

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