Mauritius is an island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar. The climate is tropical, modified by southeast trade winds, with warm, dry winters (May to November) and hot, wet, humid summers (November to May). The official language is English. All legal and government documents are written in English. However, French is more commonly spoken than English in the media and in business circles. Mauritian Creole is the indigenous language which is derived from French and is widely spoken among local communities around the island. The main religions are Hinduism, Christianity and Islam. The economy of Mauritius is a middle-income diversified economy with growing industrial, financial, and tourist sectors. English is the most commonly spoken language in both business and government. Expatriate business dress is relatively casual, however lightweight materials are recommended, given the warm climate. The security risk for expatriates in Mauritius is low. Risks include petty crime, armed robberies and break-ins as well as cyclones. The currency of Mauritius is the Mauritius Rupee (MUR). ATM’s are widely available. Credit cards are accepted by most hotels, restaurants and large retailers. Good private medical facilities are available but can be expensive. Complex medical cases could require evacuation. Cases of dengue fever has been reported. The population of Mauritius is 1.3 Million (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 3.7% for Mauritius as at April 2018. For a single Expat, the personal income tax rate in Mauritius is a flat rate of 15%.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Mauritius, 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): Mauritius as at 1 April 2018 is low in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Average 2) Clothing: High 3) Communication: Low 4) Education: Very Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: Low 6) Groceries: Low 7) Healthcare: Very Low 8) Household Accommodation: High 9) Miscellaneous: Average 10) Personal Care: Very Low 11) Recreation & Culture: Low 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very Low 13) Transport: Average Mauritius is for example -19.5% cheaper than USA for groceries, -1.4% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 91.2% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for Mauritius for an expat from Australia, is for example 10%, i.e. host location (Mauritius) premium of 20% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. Mauritius is ranked as a some hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Mauritius? Register subscribe to your home location and Mauritius and run your personalised reports.