Basse-Terre is the capital and second largest city of Guadeloupe. The surrounding areas of Basse-Terre consists of forest, grassland and sugar, coffee, banana and cocoa plantations. Guadeloupe is an archipelago located in the Leeward Islands, in the Lesser Antilles. The climate is tropical with moderately high humidity, tempered by trade winds. The official language is French. English is usually spoken in major hotels and tourists areas. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of Guadeloupe depends on tourism, agriculture, light industry and services. It is dependent on France for large subsidies and imports. Guadeloupians place heavy emphasis on hospitality. It is important to shake hands with business associates. Expatriate business dress is a formal suit. The security risk for expatriates in Guadeloupe is low. Risks include low levels of petty street crime, theft, gang violence and delinquency. Other risks include hurricanes and tropical storms. The currency of Guadeloupe is the Euro (EUR). Guadeloupe is a French overseas territory. Medical facilities, including emergency and specialist services, in Guadeloupe are very good and of an equivalent standard to those found in mainland France. Cases of Zika and Chikungunya virus have been reported and Dengue fever is common. The population of Basse-Terre is 11,400 (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 0.6% for Guadeloupe as at 2016. For a single Expat, the personal income tax rate in Guadeloupe 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 Basse-Terre, 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): Basse-Terre as at 1 April 2018 is high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High 2) Clothing: Average 3) Communication: Very High 4) Education: Average 5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: High 8) Household Accommodation: Very High 9) Miscellaneous: Average 10) Personal Care: High 11) Recreation & Culture: High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Low 13) Transport: Average Basse-Terre is for example 52% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 65.5% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 18.1% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Basse-Terre for an expat from Perth, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Basse-Terre) premium of 30% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Basse-Terre 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 Basse-Terre? Register subscribe to your home location and Basse-Terre and run your personalised reports.