Port Louis is the capital of Mauritius. It is the largest city of the country and main port. The economy of Port Louis is dominated by its port, which handles Mauritius' international trade. Manufacturing is dominated by clothing and textiles, but also includes chemicals, plastics, and pharmaceuticals. 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 Port Louis is 148,000 (2016 est.), while the inflation rate is 5.3% (July 2017).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Port Louis, 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): Port Louis as at 1 July 2017 is very low in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Average 2) Clothing: Average 3) Communication: Very High 4) Education: Very Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: Low 6) Groceries: Very Low 7) Healthcare: Very Low 8) Household Accommodation: Average 9) Miscellaneous: Average 10) Personal Care: Very Low 11) Recreation & Culture: Low 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very Low 13) Transport: Low Port Louis is for example -6.4% cheaper than Houston TX for groceries, 13.3% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 0.2% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Port Louis for an expat from Perth, is for example 10%, i.e. host location (Port Louis) premium of 20% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Port Louis is ranked as a some hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Port Louis? Register subscribe to your home location and Port Louis and run your personalised reports.