French Guiana is located on the northern Atlantic coast of South America. It has borders with two nations, Brazil to the east and south, and Suriname to the west. The climate is tropical moderated by trade winds. The official language is French. Local residents also speak a Guianese creole. English is also spoken and understood but is limited. The main religion is Christianity. French Guiana is heavily dependent on France for subsidies, trade, and goods. Main industries include fishing, gold mining and timber. The Guiana Space Centre at Kourou contributes 25% of GDP and employs approximately 1,700 people. The culture of French Guiana has a strong French influence. While people are generally friendly, expatriates may encounter some initial wariness from local people inland, as few foreign visitors travel to these areas. In business settings, men and women generally wear suits. The security risk for expatriates in French Guiana is low. Risks include petty / street crime, particularly in Cayenne, and those related to strikes / protests. The currency of French Guiana is the Euro (EUR). French Guiana is a French Overseas Territory that is seen as part of mainland France. Medical facilities are limited and the cost of treatment for expatriates from outside the EU can be high. Cases of Zika and Chikungunya virus as well as Dengue fever have been reported. The population of French Guiana is 282,000 (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 0.8% for French Guiana as at September 2016. For a single Expat, the personal income tax rate in French Guiana is progressive up to 45%. Note: For income tax purposes, France covers mainland France, the coastal islands and Corsica; and overseas départements (Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Réunion and Mayotte).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In French Guiana, 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): French Guiana as at 1 April 2018 is low in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Low 2) Clothing: Average 3) Communication: Average 4) Education: Average 5) Furniture & Appliances: Average 6) Groceries: High 7) Healthcare: Low 8) Household Accommodation: Very Low 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: Low 11) Recreation & Culture: Average 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: High 13) Transport: Very Low French Guiana is for example 4.9% more expensive than USA for groceries, -37% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 28.7% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for French Guiana for an expat from Australia, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (French Guiana) premium of 30% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. French Guiana is ranked as a high degree of hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in French Guiana? Register subscribe to your home location and French Guiana and run your personalised reports.