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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:


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

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Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
Overview

Malaysia, Kuala LumpurKuala Lumpur (KL) is the capital and largest city of Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur is the cultural and economic centre of Malaysia.

Malaysia is a peninsula in South Eastern Asia bordering Thailand and northern one-third of the island of Borneo, bordering Indonesia, Brunei, and the South China Sea, south of Vietnam. The climate is tropical with regular monsoons.

The official language is Malay (or Bahasa Melayu as it is known inside the country). This is the medium of instruction in schools. However, most Malaysians (and almost all business people) understand English. Other languages that are spoken in the country include Tamil, Mandarin Chinese and a variety of Chinese dialects. The main religions are Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Christianity and Sikhism.

The economy of Malaysia is a growing and relatively open state-oriented market economy. The state plays a significant but declining role in guiding economic activity through macroeconomic plans.

Malaysia is a multicultural society, however the Malays, who are Muslims, are the majority. A great deal of importance is placed on status in Malaysia. It is important for expatriates to dress and behave with discretion and to treat others with respect. It is important to use titles, such as ‘Datuk' or ‘Tan Sri' or the hereditary title 'Tengku' when addressing the holders of such titles. Expatriate business dress is typically a business suit for men and women, alternatively women may wear a skirt that covers the knees and a high-necked blouse.

The security risk for expatriates in Malaysia is low to medium. Risks include street crime, armed robbery, kidnapping, and the underlying threat of terrorism.

The currency of Malaysia is the Malaysian Ringgit (MYR). Banking is on a par with that of Western Europe and North America.

Medical facilities are good, however the cost of private care treatment for expatriates can be high. Dengue fever is common. Some states are rabies infected.

The population of Kuala Lumpur is 7.2 Million (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 0.2% for Malaysia as at August 2018.

Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Malaysia is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 28%.


Cost Of Living

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

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

Kuala Lumpur is for example 46.8% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, -55.2% cheaper for household costs than London, and 32.5% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai.

Kuala Lumpur is ranked as a some hardship location.

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

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