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Namibia, Windhoek

Namibia, WindhoekWindhoek is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Namibia. Windhoek is the social, economic, and cultural centre of the country.

Namibia is in Southern Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Angola and South Africa. The climate is desert, hot and dry. Rainfall is sparse and erratic.

The official language is English. Most businesspeople speak English, even though it is the first language of only a small proportion of the population. Business is often conducted in German and Afrikaans if English speakers are not present. Namibia's main ethnic groups – the Ovambo, Kavango, Caprivians and Kaokovelders – have their own languages. Attempts to speak a few words in a local language will be well received. The main religion is Christianity.

Agriculture, herding, tourism and mining of precious stones and metals form the backbone of Namibia's economy. Approximately half the population live below the international poverty line, and the nation has suffered heavily from the effects of HIV/AIDS, with approximately 15% of the adult population infected with HIV.

Business dress is generally relaxed, jackets are not essential. Short-sleeved shirts with a tie are acceptable. Business language is predominantly English.

The security risk for expatriates in Namibia is low to medium. Risks include petty and opportunistic crime and road safety.

The currency of Namibia is the Namibia Dollar (NAD). International cards can be used in some Namibian ATMs. The Namibian Dollar is fixed against the South African Rand, which is also legal tender.

Medical facilities in Windhoek are good but are limited in the remote areas. Private hospitals in Namibia may require payment up front before providing treatment. Cholera occurs. There is a high prevalence of HIV.

The population of Windhoek is 326,000 (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 3% for Namibia as at October 2019.

Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Namibia is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 37%.

Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in Windhoek as at 1 November 2019 is very low in comparison to other places in the world.

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 Windhoek is as follows:
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$560. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$5.42, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$1.15, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$1.42 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$2.84.
2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$680. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$43, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$72, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$76 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$37.
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$222. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$51, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.10 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$14400. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$9,312 for Primary School, and USD$10,362 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$2800. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$807, and USD$693 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$660. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$2.20, 1 kg oranges USD$2.59, 1 head lettuce USD$1.58, 1 kg potatos USD$1.76, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$4.96, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$7.18, 1 dozen large eggs USD$2.11, 500g loaf white bread USD$0.78, 1 L full cream milk USD$1.46, and 1.5 L water USD$1.01.
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$1,309.
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$2350. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$2,052 in a central location, and USD$1,279 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$420. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$8.22, while an international newspaper is USD$2.53.
10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$265. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$21, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$107.
11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$325. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$4.74, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$40 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$380. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$1.70, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$0.77, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$3.72, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$32.07.
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$470. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$0.92, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$16,922.

Windhoek is 2.1% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 9.8% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and -20.5% cheaper for transport costs than Dubai.

Windhoek is ranked as a high degree of hardship location.

The hardship premium for Windhoek for an expat from Perth, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Windhoek) premium of 30% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%.

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