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Kiribati, South Tarawa

Kiribati, South TarawaSouth Tarawa is the official capital of the Republic of Kiribati. Bairiki is a village and an islet now part of South Tarawa, and at one time itself the centre of government (and therefore, capital) of Kiribati.

Kiribati is in Oceania, a group of 33 coral atolls in the Pacific Ocean, straddling the Equator; the capital Tarawa is about half way between Hawaii and Australia. The climate is tropical marine. It is hot and humid, moderated by trade winds.

The official language is I-Kiribati (a Micronesian dialect). English is widely spoken in the capital Tarawa. The main religion is Christianity.

The economy of the Republic of Kiribati's is one of the poorest in the world. In one form or another, Kiribati gets a large portion of its income from abroad. Fishing fleets from South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and the United States pay a licensing fee in order to operate in Kiribati's territorial waters.

In Kiribati expatriate business dress comprises a lightweight suit or its equivalent.

The security risk for expatriates in Kiribati is low.

The currency of Kiribati is the Australian Dollar (AUD). Credit cards are not generally accepted. ATMs are available.

Medical facilities are modest and limited. Medical evacuation is required for most serious medical problems. Dengue Fever occurs. Tuberculosis has been reported.

The population of South Tarawa is 50,200 (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 2.1% for Kiribati as at May 2019.

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

Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in South Tarawa as at 1 November 2019 is low in comparison to other places in the world.

We have collected prices for the same items, world wide, based on Expat spending norms, in or closest to the location, and converted them to $USD so that we can compare the cost of 13 different baskets in 780 global locations. For each basket, compared to New York, the equivalent cost in South Tarawa is as follows:
1) Alcohol and/or Tobacco: for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$700. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$9.43, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$2.13, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$3.37 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$6.78.
2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$550. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$27, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$82, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$117 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$18.
3) Communication: for various communication costs such as home telephone rental, internet subscription, mobile service provider tariff and data costs. A basket costing USD$200 in New York costs USD$172. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$73, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.14 per minute.
4) Education: for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30000 in New York costs USD$18900. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$12,289 for Primary School, and USD$13,676 for High School.
5) Furniture & Appliances: for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2500 in New York costs USD$2700. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$793, and USD$680 for a 46+'' LED UHD TV.
6) Groceries: for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$840. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$2.57, 1 kg oranges USD$2.83, 1 head lettuce USD$1.00, 1 kg potatos USD$1.36, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$4.72, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$9.46, 1 dozen large eggs USD$2.81, 500g loaf white bread USD$0.54, 1 L full cream milk USD$1.33, and 1.5 L water USD$0.74.
7) Healthcare: for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$770. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$62, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,915.
8) Household Accommodation: for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5000 in New York costs USD$1600. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$1,561 in a central location, and USD$940 in a suburban location, per month, excluding utilities.
9) Miscellaneous: for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$400. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$7.80, while an international newspaper is USD$2.40.
10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$580. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$46, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$232.
11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$490. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$6.29, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$22 per month.
12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$560. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$2.69, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$1.19, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$6.44, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$35.28.
13) Transport: for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$540. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$1.16, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$13,531.

South Tarawa is 29.9% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, -25.5% cheaper for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and -8.6% cheaper for transport costs than Dubai.

South Tarawa is ranked as a high degree of hardship location.

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

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