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Macedonia, All Areas

Macedonia, All Areas

Cost of living in Macedonia, prices and what it is like to live for an Expat, quality of life / hardship, and compare cost of living for Expatriates as at October 2020.

What is it like to live in Macedonia?

Climate: The climate is warm and dry in summer and autumn, and relatively cold in winter with heavy snowfall.

Language: The official language is Macedonian. It is part of a Slavic group of languages similar to Serbian and Bulgarian, and is written in the Cyrillic script. The majority speak Macedonian, many younger members of ethnic minorities, particularly Albanians, either do not speak it well or choose not to for political reasons. Many street signs are in both the Cyrillic and Latin scripts. In areas where Albanians constitute an ethnic majority, signs are in both Macedonian and Albanian. Visitors may find it useful to familiarise themselves with the Cyrillic alphabet. English is the most widely spoken foreign language, followed by German, French, Russian, Italian and Spanish.

Religion: Christianity and Islam.

Economy: The economy of Macedonia has undergone considerable economic reform since independence. The country has developed an open economy with trade accounting for more than 90% of GDP in recent years.

Inflation: 1.9% for Macedonia as at September 2020.

Money: The currency of Macedonia is the Macedonian Denar (MKD). Credit cards are generally accepted in most hotels and shops. Most ATMs accept international bank cards and are widely available.

Tax: In Macedonia is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 18%.

Population: 2.1 Million (2020 est.)

Expat Life: In Macedonia, business meetings are often relatively informal with eating and drinking a central part of business etiquette. Expatriate dress code is typically suits and ties for men and skirts and blouses for women. The safety risk for expatriates in Macedonia is low. Risks include protest action, organised crime and ethnically-motivated tension and violence.

Health Care: Health care facilities are generally below international standards. West Nile virus has been reported. The Coronavirus COVID-19 total reported cases for Macedonia as at 29 October 2020 is 28,697, with 963 deaths. The rate of deaths per 1 million population is 462.

Macedonia covers all areas within the country other than Skopje.

Cost Of Living

What is the cost of living in Macedonia?

The cost of living for expatriates in Macedonia as at October 2020 is low in comparison to other places in the world, with an overall Cost of Living Index (COLI), for all 13 basket groups, of 50.13 (New York =100). 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 Macedonia is as follows:

1) Alcohol and/or Tobacco: Cost is low for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$600. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$5.90, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$1.04, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$1.37 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$3.19.

2) Clothing: Cost is average for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$830. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$47, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$73, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$80 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$31.

3) Communication: Cost is low 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$102. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$17, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.12 per minute.

4) Education: Cost is low for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30,000 in New York costs USD$19200. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$12,470 for Primary School, and USD$13,877 for High School.

5) Furniture & Appliances: Cost is low for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2,500 in New York costs USD$1400. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$597, and USD$512 for a 46+'' LED UHD TV.

6) Groceries: Cost is very low for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$450. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$1.01, 1 kg oranges USD$1.21, 1 head lettuce USD$0.55, 1 kg potatos USD$0.70, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$6.29, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$7.41, 1 dozen large eggs USD$1.95, 500g loaf white bread USD$0.65, 1 L full cream milk USD$1.18, and 1.5 L water USD$0.56.

7) Healthcare: Cost is very low for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$480. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$39, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,196.

8) Household Accommodation: Cost is low for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5,000 in New York costs USD$1450. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$1,084 in a central location, and USD$723 in a suburban location, per month, excluding utilities.

9) Miscellaneous: Cost is average for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$370. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$7.18, while an international newspaper is USD$2.21.

10) Personal Care: Cost is low for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$225. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$18, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$90.

11) Recreation & Culture: Cost is low for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$270. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$5.90, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$26 per month.

12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Cost is low for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$380. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$1.73, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$1.61, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$4.25, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$23.62.

13) Transport: Cost is average for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$760. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$1.24, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$19,985.

How does the cost of living in Macedonia compare?

Macedonia is -45.7% cheaper than USA for groceries, -54.9% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 59.8% more expensive for transport costs than India.

What is the quality of life / hardship in Macedonia?

Macedonia is ranked as a high degree of hardship location.The hardship premium for Macedonia for an expat from Australia, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Macedonia) premium of 30% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%.

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