The Cook Islands is in Oceana. A group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about half way between Hawaii and New Zealand. The climate is tropical oceanic, moderated by the trade winds. The official languages are English and Cook Islands Maori (also known as Rarotongan) The main religion is Christianity. The Economy of the Cook Islands is isolated from foreign markets, has inadequate infrastructure, lacks major natural resources and suffers greatly from natural disasters. Agriculture is the main economic base while there is limited manufacturing. The Cook Islands economy is reliant on foreign aid, mostly from New Zealand. In the Cook Islands, the dress code is mostly informal, though appropriately modest attire should be worn in towns and villages. Women are expected to wear dresses for church services and social functions. The lifestyle is very simple. The security risk for expatriates in the Cook Islands is low. Risks include the relatively low risk of petty crime. The currency of the Cook Islands is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD) and the Cook Islands Dollar (only good in the Cook Islands). ATMs dispense New Zealand Dollars. Medical facilities in the Cook Islands are limited. In the event of a medical emergency, evacuation to mainland New Zealand is likely for treatment. Cases of Dengue fever, Chikungunya virus and Zika virus have been reported. The population of the Cook Islands is 17,400 (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 1.1% for the Cook Islands as at March 2018. For a single Expat, the personal income tax rate in the Cook Islands is progressive up to 30%.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Cook Islands, 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): Cook Islands as at 1 April 2018 is average in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Low 2) Clothing: Average 3) Communication: Low 4) Education: Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: Average 6) Groceries: Low 7) Healthcare: Average 8) Household Accommodation: Average 9) Miscellaneous: High 10) Personal Care: High 11) Recreation & Culture: Average 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Low 13) Transport: Average Cook Islands is for example -20% cheaper than USA for groceries, -4.9% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 92.5% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for Cook Islands for an expat from Australia, is for example 10%, i.e. host location (the Cook Islands) premium of 20% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. Cook Islands is ranked as a some hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Cook Islands? Register subscribe to your home location and Cook Islands and run your personalised reports.