Medan is the capital of the North Sumatra province in Indonesia. Medan is the fourth largest city in Indonesia after Jakarta, Surabaya, and Bandung. Medan is a seaport and coffee beans are grown in North Sumatra and largely exported to the United States. Indonesia is in South Eastern Asia, archipelago between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. The climate is tropical, hot and humid, but more moderate in highlands. The official language is Bahasa Indonesia. English is also spoken by the educated elite and large numbers of the middle classes in the major cities with varying degrees of fluency. A few members of the older generation speak Dutch. The main religion is Islam. The economy of Indonesia is the largest economy in Southeast Asia, is one of the emerging market economies of the world, and is also a member of G-20 major economies. It has a market-based economy in which the government plays a significant role by owning more than 164 state-owned enterprises and administers prices on several basic goods, including fuel, rice, and electricity. Most Indonesians, especially Javanese, tend to avoid confrontation. As a result, it is considered impolite to contradict other people, especially guests. They may therefore avoid saying 'no' when in fact they mean "no". Expatriate business dress is relatively casual because of the climate. Expatriates should however dress conservatively. The security risk for expatriates in Indonesia varies considerably across the country, but is generally medium, however Maluku, Aceh, Papua, and West Papua carry a higher risk. Risks include violent and non-violent crime, risks associated with protest action, and terrorism. Other risks include natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, flooding and volcanic eruptions. The currency of Indonesia is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). Medical facilities are not generally comparable to those of Western Europe and North America, especially in rural areas. In major cities private medical care is available, but it is expensive. Rabies is present. Dengue fever occurs. Widespread forest fires can cause smoke haze resulting in poor air quality that may have an impact on public health. The population of Medan is 4.2 Million (2017 est.), while the inflation rate is 3.3% (Nov 2017).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Medan, 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): Medan as at 1 January 2018 is very low in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High 2) Clothing: Low 3) Communication: Low 4) Education: Very Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: Very Low 6) Groceries: Very Low 7) Healthcare: Very Low 8) Household Accommodation: Average 9) Miscellaneous: Very Low 10) Personal Care: Very Low 11) Recreation & Culture: Very Low 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very Low 13) Transport: Very Low Medan is for example -9% cheaper than Houston TX for groceries, 24.1% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and -18.9% cheaper for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Medan for an expat from Perth, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Medan) premium of 30% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Medan 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 Medan? Register subscribe to your home location and Medan and run your personalised reports.