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Cuba, Havana

Cuba, HavanaHavana is the capital city, major port, and leading commercial centre of Cuba. Havana's economy first developed on the basis of its location, which made it one of the early great trade centres in the New World. Sugar and a flourishing slave trade first brought riches to the city, and later, after independence, it became a renowned resort. Despite efforts by Fidel Castro's government to spread Cuba's industrial activity to all parts of the island, Havana remains the centre of much of the nation's industry.

Cuba is an island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, 150 km south of Key West, Florida. The climate is tropical moderated by trade winds.

The official language is Spanish. Cuban Spanish is often difficult to understand, even for Spanish speakers from other countries. For important business dealings, visitors will need to be either fluent in Spanish or have an interpreter. The main religion is Christianity.

The economy of Cuba is a largely state-controlled, centrally planned economy overseen by the Cuban government, though there remains significant foreign investment and enterprise in Cuba. Most of the means of production are owned and run by the government and most of the labour force is employed by the state.

In Cuba decision-making authority is narrowly concentrated, with decisions almost always made at a high level within government agencies. It is generally advisable to address people using their professional title, or by either Senor (Mr), Senora (Mrs), or Senorita (Ms) and their surname. Because of the heat in Cuba, business dress tends to be very light-weight suits or sports coats with trousers. Women are prominent at all levels of business and public life.

The security risk for expatriates in Cuba is low. Risks include petty crime, such as pickpocketing, bag-snatching and theft, particularly in Havana, as well as confidence tricksters who may target expats, while violent crime is relatively rare and unlikely to involve expatriates. Other risks include criticising the authorities which may lead to arrest and harsh punishment, as well as the risks related to hurricanes and earthquakes.

Cuba operates a dual currency system. Visitors usually use the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC), whereas locals use the Cuban Peso (CUP). The CUP is worth much less than the CUC. Not all international cards will work in Cuba.

Medical facilities in Havana are better than the rest of Cuba, however serious specialist medical emergencies may require medical evacuation which can be very expensive. Many medicines are unavailable in Cuba. Expatriates should bring prescription drugs taken regularly with a copy of the prescription and a letter from the doctor explaining the condition for customs. Cases of Chikungunya virus and cholera have been confirmed.

The population of Havana is 2.1 Million (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 5.9% for Cuba as at December 2018.

Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Cuba is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 50%. A tax on expatriates is levied on a monthly basis at 15% from the income gained or generated in Cuba.

Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in Havana as at 1 November 2019 is average 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 Havana 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$580. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$7.00, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$1.26, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$1.81 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$2.02.
2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$580. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$37, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$75, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$58 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$45.
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$392. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$105, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.35 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$20100. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$13,066 for Primary School, and USD$14,540 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$3300. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$886, and USD$761 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$530. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$4.23, 1 kg oranges USD$0.66, 1 head lettuce USD$0.43, 1 kg potatos USD$1.50, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$4.29, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$3.74, 1 dozen large eggs USD$0.54, 500g loaf white bread USD$0.48, 1 L full cream milk USD$2.25, and 1.5 L water USD$1.08.
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$650. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$52, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,614.
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$2250. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$1,718 in a central location, and USD$949 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$340. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$6.58, while an international newspaper is USD$2.03.
10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$345. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$28, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$138.
11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$580. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$0.90, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$13 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$500. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$1.46, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$1.39, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$5.00, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$25.00.
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$680. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$1.15, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$43,368.

Havana is -18.5% cheaper than Houston TX for groceries, 5.9% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 15.3% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai.

Havana is ranked as a extreme hardship location.

The hardship premium for Havana for an expat from Perth, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Havana) premium of 40% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%.

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