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Djibouti, Djibouti

Djibouti, DjiboutiThe City of Djibouti is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Djibouti. The Djibouti-Addis Ababa Railway runs from the city to Addis Ababa, while it is also home to the Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport. Northwest of the city centre lies the city's port, used for international trade, for fishing, and by ferries to Obock and Tadjoura.

Djibouti is in Eastern Africa, bordering the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea, between Eritrea and Somalia. The climate is desert with very hot summers.

The official languages are French and Arabic. Somali and Afar are also widely spoken. English may be spoken at tourist facilities, but it is not widely used by locals, including taxi drivers. The main religion is Islam.

The economy of Djibouti is based on service activities connected with the country's strategic location and status as a free trade zone in northeast Africa. Two-thirds of the inhabitants live in the capital city, the remainder being mostly nomadic herders. Scant rainfall limits crop production to fruits and vegetables, and most food must be imported.

In Djibouti conservative Islamic values should be respected. It is advisable to use your right hand for eating, greeting and accepting gifts. It is not advisable to take photographs of local people, or official buildings etc. Expatriate business dress comprises suits for official meetings, otherwise a shirt and tie is appropriate for men. For women modest dress to avoid offending Muslim sensibilities is required. The working week is Sunday to Thursday. Businesses are closed on Fridays.

The security risk for expatriates in Djibouti is low, but medium for Djibouti city. Risks include petty crime, sporadic social unrest, as well as the threat of terrorism.

The currency of Djibouti is the Djibouti Franc (DJF). Credit cards are only accepted at a few places in Djibouti. It is best to have hard currency.

Medical care in Djibouti is limited. Medical evacuation is often necessary in severe or emergency situations.

The population of Djibouti is 529,000 (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 3.5% for Djibouti as at August 2019.

Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Djibouti is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 30%.

Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in Djibouti 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 Djibouti 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$1080. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$7.87, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$2.25, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$3.37 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$1.40.
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$12, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$34, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$38 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$19.
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$186. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$28, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.09 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$20700. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$13,417 for Primary School, and USD$14,931 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$3050. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$848, and USD$728 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$1150. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$4.21, 1 kg oranges USD$2.25, 1 head lettuce USD$6.18, 1 kg potatos USD$0.98, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$4.63, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$23.88, 1 dozen large eggs USD$4.04, 500g loaf white bread USD$2.25, 1 L full cream milk USD$1.83, and 1.5 L water USD$0.56.
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$660. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$54, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,647.
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$1900. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$1,747 in a central location, and USD$958 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$380. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$7.39, while an international newspaper is USD$2.27.
10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$275. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$22, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$110.
11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$360. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$8.43, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$42 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$720. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$2.48, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$0.51, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$8.43, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$50.56.
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$660. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$1.35, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$11,798.

Djibouti is 78.2% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, -12% cheaper for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 12.1% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai.

Djibouti is ranked as a extreme hardship location.

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

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