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Kazakhstan, Almaty

Kazakhstan, AlmatyAlmaty is the largest city in Kazakhstan. Almaty is the major commercial centre of Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan is in Central Asia, northwest of China; a small portion west of the Ural (Zhayyq) River in eastern-most Europe. The climate is continental with cold winters and hot summers. It is arid and semi arid.

The official language is Russian. It is the language used in business. The use of even basic phrases in the Kazakh language by a foreigner is likely to be appreciated. The Cyrillic alphabet is commonly used for public notices such as road signs and street names. English is not widely spoken fluently, but a rapidly increasing number of people have a basic grasp of the language. Interpreters can be hired locally. The main religions are Islam and Christianity.

The economy of Kazakhstan is the largest economy in Central Asia. It possesses enormous fossil fuel reserves as well as minerals and metals. It also has considerable agricultural potential with its vast steppe lands accommodating both livestock and grain production, as well as developed space infrastructure, which took over all launches to the International Space Station from the Space Shuttle. Energy is the leading economic sector which includes the production of crude oil and natural gas condensate.

Business dress is usually conservative, however during the hot summer months, men often remove jackets and ties. Women may be required to wear headscarves in rural areas, which tend to be more conservative.

The security risk for expatriates in Kazakhstan is medium. Risks include petty crime, particularly in Almaty, Aktau and Atyrau, terrorism (typically targeted at government buildings rather than expatriates), and traffic accidents. Expatriates should be cautious not to offend local culture and religious sensitivities with regard to dress and behaviour.

The currency of Kazakhstan is the Kazakhstan Tenge (KZT).

Medical facilities are not generally comparable to those of Western Europe and North America. Haemorrhagic fever and lead pollution has been reported.

The population of Almaty is 1.2 Million (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 6.5% for Kazakhstan as at April 2018.

For a single Expat, the personal income tax rate in Kazakhstan is a flat rate of 10%.

Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in Almaty as at 1 April 2018 is average in comparison to other places in the world.

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

Almaty is for example 8.3% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 22.9% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and -24.8% cheaper for transport costs than Dubai.

Almaty is ranked as a extreme hardship location.

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

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