International Cost of Living Calculators

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

Expat Salary: Detailed international cost of living and salary comparison.

Cost of Living Comparison: Determines allowance based on cost of living difference.

International Cost of Living Index: COLI's for multiple locations using home base.

International Assignment: Global Mobility using build-up approach.

Hypothetical Tax: Effective tax rate for any country in the world.

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Mobility Calculators

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Cost of Living Articles and Rankings

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-Latest Personal Income Tax Rates

-Cost of Living Rankings by Basket

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Cost of Living Reviews

Cost of Living Reviews by City and Country for 780 International Locations

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Iran, All Areas

Iran, All AreasIran is in the Middle East, bordering the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, and the Caspian Sea, between Iraq and Pakistan. The climate is mostly arid or semi arid but subtropical along Caspian coast.

The official language is Persian (Farsi). Foreigners are not expected to be able to speak Persian, though hosts will be impressed if they can say a few words. English is widely understood. The main religion is Islam.

The economy of Iran is a mixture of central planning, state ownership of oil and other large enterprises, village agriculture, and small-scale private trading and service ventures. Its economic infrastructure has been improving steadily over the past two decades but continues to be affected by inflation and unemployment.

Business dress for expatriate businessmen is a suit and a conservative tie, while women must comply with the Islamic dress code, which is strictly enforced and should dress modestly with a long skirt and a headscarf. Before discussing business, it is important to make personal enquiries about the other person's health and family. The working week is Saturday to Thursday morning. Government offices are usually closed on Thursday. Banks are open Saturday to Wednesday 07.30-13.30.

The security risk for expatriates in Iran is medium, but high in Sistan-e-Balochistan, which is relatively underdeveloped, desolate, and poor. Risks include low levels of petty and violent crime (mainly in poor urban areas), and risks associated with protest action. Expatriates should be cautious not to offend local culture and religious sensitivities with regard to dress and behaviour.

The currency of Iran is the Iranian Rial (IRR). International debit and credit cards will generally not work in Iran. There are no cash machines that accept international bank cards. It is illegal to change money on the street.

Medical facilities are generally reasonable in the major urban areas but poor in rural areas.

The population of Iran is 81 Million (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 48% for Iran as at July 2019.

Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Iran is based on the current employment income tax rates which are progressive up to 35%.

Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in Iran as at 1 July 2019 is very low in comparison to other places in the world.

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

Iran is for example -55.1% cheaper than USA for groceries, 43.7% more expensive for household costs than UK, and -4.1% cheaper for transport costs than India.

Iran is ranked as a extreme hardship location.

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

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