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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: Salary purchasing power parity calculator, for simple cost of living comparison and international salary calculation (e.g. to compare a salary offer).

Cost of Living Comparison: Cost of living allowance calculator, compares cost of living and hardship and calculates a cost of living allowance based on the difference.

International Cost of Living Index: Cost of living index calculator, compares multiple locations to a home base (e.g. international offices compared to HQ).

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Lebanon, Beirut

Lebanon, BeirutBeirut is the capital and largest city of Lebanon. After the destructive Lebanese civil war, Beirut underwent major reconstruction, and the redesigned historic city centre, marina, pubs and nightlife districts have once again rendered it a tourist attraction. The city is the focal point of the region's cultural life, renowned for its press, theatres, cultural activities, and nightlife.

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 Beirut is 2.2 Million (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 5.35% for Lebanon as at March 2018.

For a single Expat, the personal income tax rate in Lebanon is progressive up to 20%.

Cost Of Living

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

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

Beirut is for example 31.4% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 49.4% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 30.7% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai.

Beirut is ranked as a high degree of hardship location.

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

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