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Madagascar, All Areas

Madagascar, All Areas

Cost of living in Madagascar, prices and what it is like to live for an Expat, quality of life / hardship, and compare cost of living for Expatriates as at July 2021.

What is it like to live in Madagascar?

Climate: The climate is tropical along the coast, temperate inland, and arid in the south.

Language: The official languages are French and Malagasy. French is the main business language and many ministers and government officials speak only French. Taxi drivers, waiters and shop assistants often speak only rudimentary French, particularly outside the capital Antananarivo. English is not widely spoken.

Religion: Indigenous beliefs and Christianity.

Economy: The economy of Madagascar is reliant on agriculture, including fishing and forestry, accounting for 34 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and contributing more than 70 percent to export earnings. Industry features textile manufacturing and the processing of agricultural products.

Inflation: 6.06% for Madagascar as at June 2021.

Money: The currency of Madagascar is the Malagasy Ariary (MGA).

Tax: In Madagascar is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 20% with a minimum tax of MGA 2,000 for a salary of up to MGA 350,000.

Population: 27.6 Million (2020 est.)

Expat Life: The people of Madagascar are generally known for being courteous and non-confrontational. Their accommodating culture can lead to misunderstandings with expatriates. Expatriate dress code is usually relatively formal in the form of lightweight suits. The safety risk for expatriates in Madagascar is medium to high. Risks include petty crime (particularly in Antananarivo), poor roads, and protest action. Other risks include tropical storms and cyclones.

Health Care: Health care facilities are generally below international standards. Hospitals in Antananarivo can generally only provide routine treatment. Complex surgery requires evacuation either to Mauritius, South Africa or Reunion. There is a relatively high rate of syphilis. Outbreaks of plague have occurred.

Madagascar covers all areas within the country other than Antananarivo.

Cost Of Living

What is the cost of living in Madagascar?

The cost of living for expatriates in Madagascar as at July 2021 is low in comparison to other places in the world, with an overall Cost of Living Index (COLI), for all 13 basket groups, of 49.73 (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 Madagascar 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$580. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$9.24, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$0.99, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$2.02 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$3.69.

2) Clothing: Cost is low for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$730. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$47, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$96, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$68 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$27.

3) Communication: Cost is average 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$190. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$67, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.07 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$14100. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$9,123 for Primary School, and USD$10,152 for High School.

5) Furniture & Appliances: Cost is average 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$1800. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$658, and USD$565 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$470. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$2.12, 1 kg oranges USD$1.49, 1 head lettuce USD$0.37, 1 kg potatos USD$1.01, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$5.36, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$10.82, 1 dozen large eggs USD$2.00, 500g loaf white bread USD$0.70, 1 L full cream milk USD$1.21, and 1.5 L water USD$0.73.

7) Healthcare: Cost is 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$570. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$46, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,410.

8) Household Accommodation: Cost is very 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$1400. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$1,354 in a central location, and USD$850 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$330. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$6.43, while an international newspaper is USD$1.98.

10) Personal Care: Cost is high for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$405. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$32, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$162.

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$6.98, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$52 per month.

12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Cost is very 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$290. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$1.69, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$0.74, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$5.75, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$25.36.

13) Transport: Cost is low 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$640. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$0.96, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$25,393.

How does the cost of living in Madagascar compare?

Madagascar is -42.3% cheaper than USA for groceries, -59.1% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 23.2% more expensive for transport costs than India.

What is the quality of life / hardship in Madagascar?

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

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