Bamako is the capital and largest city of Mali. Bamako is the nation's administrative centre, river port in nearby Koulikoro, and a major regional trade and conference centre. Mali 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 Bamako is 2.8 Million (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is -2.2% for Mali as at September 2019. Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Mali is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 40%.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in 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 Bamako is as follows: Bamako as at 1 November 2019 is average in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol and/or Tobacco: for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$720. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$6.02, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$2.10, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$2.52 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$2.27. 2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$390. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$12, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$15, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$89 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$26. 3) Communication: 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$326. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$40, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.23 per minute. 4) Education: for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30000 in New York costs USD$22800. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$14,779 for Primary School, and USD$16,447 for High School. 5) Furniture & Appliances: for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2500 in New York costs USD$2475. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$760, and USD$652 for a 46+'' LED UHD TV. 6) Groceries: for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$670. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$2.00, 1 kg oranges USD$2.50, 1 head lettuce USD$2.00, 1 kg potatos USD$2.70, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$5.72, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$11.20, 1 dozen large eggs USD$1.50, 500g loaf white bread USD$0.62, 1 L full cream milk USD$1.86, and 1.5 L water USD$0.56. 7) Healthcare: for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$530. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$43, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,330. 8) Household Accommodation: for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5000 in New York costs USD$2900. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$2,846 in a central location, and USD$1,773 in a suburban location, per month, excluding utilities. 9) Miscellaneous: for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$385. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$7.50, while an international newspaper is USD$2.31. 10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$305. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$24, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$122. 11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$295. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$4.43, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$52 per month. 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$470. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$3.50, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$0.97, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$5.17, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$62.50. 13) Transport: for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$920. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$1.18, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$50,000. Bamako is 4.7% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 35.5% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 56.1% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Bamako for an expat from Perth, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Bamako) premium of 40% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Bamako is ranked as a extreme hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Bamako? Register subscribe to your home location and Bamako and run your personalised reports.