Lebanon is in the Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Israel and Syria. The climate is mediterranean with mild to cool, wet winters and hot, dry summers. The Lebanon mountains experience heavy winter snows. The official language is Arabic. Arabic and French predominate in the east of the capital Beirut and the north of the country, while Arabic and English are the main languages in west Beirut and the south. Both English and French are also widely used. The main religions are Islam and Christianity. The economy of Lebanon is characterised by remittances from Lebanese abroad which account for one fifth of the country's economy. The thriving tourism and banking activities have made the services sector the most important part of the Lebanese economy employing nearly 65% of the workforce. Lebanese people are known for their hospitality. Expatriate business dress is usually formal, comprising suits (and ties, for men). The security risk for expatriates in Lebanon is low to medium. Risks include petty crime such as pickpocketing and bag-snatching, low levels of violent crime, cross-border shelling and incursions, protest action, and the threat of terrorism. The currency of Lebanon is the Lebanese Pound (LBP). ATMs are common, especially in the main tourist / expatriate areas. International hotels mostly accept payment by credit card. Medical facilities are good, however medical treatment in Lebanon can be expensive. Doctors are generally well qualified though nursing standards vary. The population of Lebanon is 6 Million (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 1.09% for Lebanon as at September 2019. Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Lebanon is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 20%. Within Lebanon we also cover Beirut.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in 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 Lebanon is as follows: Lebanon as at 1 November 2019 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. 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$710. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$10.00, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$1.28, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$2.13 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$2.33. 2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$1250. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$65, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$108, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$115 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$50. 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$338. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$50, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.30 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$28800. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$18,649 for Primary School, and USD$20,753 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$2725. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$797, and USD$684 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$810. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$1.85, 1 kg oranges USD$1.40, 1 head lettuce USD$0.89, 1 kg potatos USD$0.95, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$7.87, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$9.33, 1 dozen large eggs USD$2.91, 500g loaf white bread USD$0.92, 1 L full cream milk USD$2.11, and 1.5 L water USD$0.77. 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$670. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$54, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,663. 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$3250. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$3,089 in a central location, and USD$1,713 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$575. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$11.18, while an international newspaper is USD$3.44. 10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$305. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$25, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$123. 11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$420. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$10.00, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$71 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$840. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$3.56, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$0.85, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$8.00, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$50.00. 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$860. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$0.92, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$21,500. Lebanon is 8.5% more expensive than USA for groceries, 23.2% more expensive for household costs than UK, and 117.7% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for Lebanon for an expat from Australia, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Lebanon) premium of 30% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. Lebanon 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 Lebanon? Register subscribe to your home location and Lebanon and run your personalised reports.