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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).

International Assignment: International assignment management calculator, for global mobility managers who use the build-up approach for detailed international assignment salary and allowance calculations.

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Mali, All Areas

Mali, All AreasMali is in Western Africa, southwest of Algeria. The climate is subtropical to arid.

The official language is French. English is rarely spoken, but younger businesspeople may take the opportunity to test their language skills. The main religions are Islam and indigenous beliefs.

The Economy of Mali is based to a large extent on agriculture, with an overwhelmingly rural population, many of whom are engaged in subsistence agriculture. Mali is among the ten poorest nations of the world, is one of the 37 Heavily Indebted Poor Countries, and is a major recipient of foreign aid from many sources.

In Mail business dress is usually a lightweight suit and tie (not in the hot season) for men, while women wear conservative clothes, including a scarf on their heads.

The security risk for expatriates in Mali is high to extreme, except for the southern and eastern areas where the risk is medium. Risks include internal conflict, lawlessness and militant activity, particularly in the Mopti region where there is high risk of kidnappings and along the border with Mauritania.

The currency of Mali is the CFA Franc BCEAO (XOF). Major banks and hotels accept credit cards.

Medical facilities are very limited. Cholera, malaria and other tropical diseases are common. Meningitis has been reported.

The population of Mali is 14.5 Million (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 2.4% for Mali as at March 2018.

For a single Expat, the personal income tax rate in Mali is progressive up to 40%.

Cost Of Living

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

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

Mali is for example 2.2% more expensive than USA for groceries, -62.1% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 58.8% more expensive for transport costs than India.

Mali is ranked as a extreme hardship location.

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

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