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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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The global cost of living calculators have been created to compare the cost of living in every country and major city in the world, to help you manage short and long term assignments (page down for a description of each cost of living calculator):

Cost of Living Allowance
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International Assignment Management
Salary Purchasing Power Parity
Hypothetical Tax Calculator
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Articles & Rankings

Cost of Living Articles and Rankings


-International City Cost of Living Rankings

-Regional Cost of Living Rankings (Africa;
America; Asia Pacific; Europe; Middle East)

-Latest Inflation Rates around the world

-Latest Personal Income Tax Rates

-Cost of Living Rankings by Basket

-Articles related to cost of living
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Cost of Living Reviews

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

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Laos, All Areas
Overview

Laos, All AreasLaos is in South-eastern Asia, northeast of Thailand, west of Vietnam. The climate is tropical monsoon with a rainy season (May to November) and a dry season (December to April).

The official language is Lao. Government and business circles commonly use French, while English is growing in popularity. Lao and Thai are quite similar languages and Lao speakers tend to understand a reasonable amount of Thai. The main religion is Buddhism.

The economy of Laos is heavily dependent on investment and trade with its neighbours, Thailand, Vietnam, and, especially in the north, China. Much of the country lacks adequate infrastructure. Subsistence agriculture still accounts for half of the GDP and provides 80 percent of employment.

In Laos business dress for men typically comprises a lightweight suit with a shirt and tie. Expatriate women are expected to wear a dress or a lightweight suit.

The security risk for expatriates in Laos is low to medium. Risks include low levels of crime such as theft and assault, the threat of terrorism, stringent security checks and surveillance by security forces.

The currency of Laos is the Lao Kip (LAK).

Medical facilities are extremely basic. Medical evacuation is challenging and very expensive. Water borne, food borne and other infectious diseases are common and serious outbreaks have occurred.

The population of Laos is 6.8 Million (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 1.97% for Laos as at May 2018.

Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Laos is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 24%.


Cost Of Living

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

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

Laos is for example -26.7% cheaper than USA for groceries, -9.1% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 135.5% more expensive for transport costs than India.

Laos is ranked as a extreme hardship location.

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

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