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We provide international cost of living and hardship data so that you can create reports online (24X7) using any of the calculators:

Expat Salary: Salary purchasing power parity calculator, for simple cost of living comparison and international salary calculation (e.g. to compare a salary offer).

Cost of Living Comparison: Cost of living allowance calculator, compares cost of living and hardship and calculates a cost of living allowance based on the difference.

International Cost of Living Index: Cost of living index calculator, compares multiple locations to a home base (e.g. international offices compared to HQ).

International Assignment: International assignment management calculator, for global mobility managers who use the build-up approach for detailed international assignment salary and allowance calculations.

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French Polynesia, Papeete

French Polynesia, PapeetePapeete is the capital of French Polynesia. Papeete is the primary centre of Tahitian and French Polynesian public and private governmental, commercial, industrial and financial services, the hub of French Polynesian tourism.

French Polynesia is in Oceania. An archipelagos in the South Pacific Ocean about half way between South America and Australia. The climate is tropical, but moderate.

The official languages are French and Tahitian. English is widely spoken and understood in areas popular with tourists. The knowledge of a few French and Tahitian words will be appreciated. The main religion is Christianity.

The economy of French Polynesia is moderately developed and dependent on imported goods, tourism, and the financial assistance of mainland France. Tourist facilities are well developed and are available on the major islands.

In French Polynesia, business is generally conducted informally. Expatriate business dress is typically casual business attire. However female expatriates should dress modestly and observe and respect local clothing customs in order to avoid drawing attention.

The security risk for expatriates in French Polynesia is low. Risks include low levels of petty / street crime and those related to tropical storms and cyclones.

The currency of French Polynesia is the CFP Franc (XPF). French Polynesia is a French Overseas Territory but is not seen as part of mainland France. Not all credit cards are accepted.

Medical facilities are limited and the cost of treatment for expatriates can be high. Cases of Chikungunya virus have been reported.

The population of Papeete is 134,000 (2017 est.), while the inflation rate is 1.1% (2013 est).

Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in Papeete as at 1 January 2018 is very high in comparison to other places in the world.

In Papeete, 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):
1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High
2) Clothing: Average
3) Communication: Very High
4) Education: Low
5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High
6) Groceries: Very High
7) Healthcare: Low
8) Household Accommodation: High
9) Miscellaneous: High
10) Personal Care: Low
11) Recreation & Culture: Very High
12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very High
13) Transport: Very High

Papeete is for example 59.3% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 36.6% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 74.7% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai.

Papeete is ranked as a high degree of hardship location.

The hardship premium for Papeete for an expat from Perth, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Papeete) premium of 30% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%.

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