South 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 (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 2% for Kiribati as at June 2017. For a single Expat, the personal income tax rate in Kiribati is progressive up to 35%.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In South Tarawa, 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): South Tarawa as at 1 April 2018 is low in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Average 2) Clothing: Very Low 3) Communication: Low 4) Education: Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High 6) Groceries: High 7) Healthcare: High 8) Household Accommodation: Very Low 9) Miscellaneous: Average 10) Personal Care: Very High 11) Recreation & Culture: Very High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Low 13) Transport: Very Low South Tarawa is for example 33.4% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, -21.1% cheaper for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and -18.4% cheaper for transport costs than Dubai. 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%. South Tarawa 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 South Tarawa? Register subscribe to your home location and South Tarawa and run your personalised reports.