Myanmar (Burma) is in South Eastern Asia, bordering the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal, between Bangladesh and Thailand. The climate is tropical monsoon with cloudy, rainy, hot and humid summers, and less cloudy, drier and mild winters. The official language is Myanmar (Burmese). English is widely spoken. The main religions are Buddhism, Christianity and Islam. Burma is one of the poorest nations in the world, suffering from decades of stagnation, mismanagement, and isolation. In Myanmar people are polite and hospitable. People do not have family names. Expatriate business dress is typically a lightweight suit and tie for men, and generally conservative clothing for women. The security risk for expatriates in Myanmar is medium to high. Risks vary geographically, but include armed ethnic separatist groups in certain areas, small-scale bombings, low levels of general crime, and poor internal travel conditions. The currency of Myanmar is the Myanmar Kyat (MMK). Medical facilities are limited. Serious or complex medical treatment may require evacuation which can be expensive. The population of Myanmar is 53.6 Million (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 10.37% for Myanmar as at August 2019. Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Myanmar is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 25%.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in We have collected prices for the same items, world wide, 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 Myanmar is as follows: Myanmar as at 1 October 2019 is very low in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & 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$730 2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$770 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$154 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$14100 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$1225 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$600 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$510 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$3050 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$275 10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$170 11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$265 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$310 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$680 Myanmar is -19.6% cheaper than USA for groceries, 14.1% more expensive for household costs than UK, and 72.5% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for Myanmar for an expat from Australia, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Myanmar) premium of 40% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. Myanmar is ranked as a extreme hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Myanmar? Register subscribe to your home location and Myanmar and run your personalised reports.