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Nauru, All Areas

Nauru, All Areas

Cost of living in Nauru, prices and what it is like to live for an Expat, quality of life / hardship, and compare cost of living for Expatriates as at July 2023.

What is it like to live in Nauru?

Climate: The climate is tropical with a monsoonal pattern rainy season (November to February).

Language: The official language is Nauruan. Many people speak English.

Religion: Christianity.

Economy: Nauru is the world's smallest island nation and joined the UN in 1999 as the world's smallest independent republic. Revenues of Nauru have traditionally come from exports of phosphate rock. Primary phosphate reserves were exhausted, and mining ceased, but in 2006-07, mining of a deeper layer of "secondary phosphate" began. It is hoped that this economic activity might lift Nauru from the bottom rung of global GDP per capita. The only other major source of government revenue is sale of fishing rights in Nauru's territorial waters.

Inflation: 3.8% for Nauru as at 2020.

Money: The currency of Nauru is the Australian Dollar (AUD). It is advisable to take cash as ATM access and credit card acceptance is very limited.

Tax: In Nauru is based on the current personal income tax rate which is a flat rate of 10%.

Population: 10,100 (2022 est.)

Expat Life: In Nauru dress code is a lightweight suit or equivalent. Business is conducted in English or French. The safety risk for expatriates in Nauru is low. Risk is primarily low levels of petty crime.

Health Care: Health care facilities are very basic. Complex, serious health care cases generally require evacuation. Typhoid outbreaks and dengue fever occur.

Nauru covers all areas within the country other than Yaren.

Cost Of Living

What is the cost of living in Nauru?

The cost of living for expatriates in Nauru as at July 2023 is high in comparison to other places in the world, with an overall Cost of Living Index (COLI), for all 13 basket groups, of 73.16 (New York =100). 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 Nauru is as follows:

1) Alcohol and/or Tobacco: Cost is average for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$780. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$16.56, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$4.44, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$3.56 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$8.29.

2) Clothing: Cost is low for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$680. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$34, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$72, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$84 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$29.

3) Communication: Cost is high 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$210. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$147, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$38.73 per minute.

4) Education: Cost is average for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30,000 in New York costs USD$20100. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$13,074 for Primary School, and USD$14,549 for High School.

5) Furniture & Appliances: Cost is average for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2,500 in New York costs USD$1975. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$683, and USD$586 for a 46+'' LED UHD TV.

6) Groceries: Cost is high for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$810. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$3.99, 1 kg oranges USD$3.78, 1 head lettuce USD$3.75, 1 kg potatos USD$2.98, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$6.48, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$9.56, 1 dozen large eggs USD$5.08, 500g loaf white bread USD$2.57, 1 L full cream milk USD$6.35, and 1.5 L water USD$1.89.

7) Healthcare: Cost is average for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$580. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$47, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,456.

8) Household Accommodation: Cost is very high for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5,000 in New York costs USD$3500. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$5,305 in a central location, and USD$2,924 in a suburban location, per month, excluding utilities.

9) Miscellaneous: Cost is low for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$255. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$4.98, while an international newspaper is USD$1.53.

10) Personal Care: Cost is low 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$106.

11) Recreation & Culture: Cost is low for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$255. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$11.16, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$67 per month.

12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Cost is average for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$510. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$4.60, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$2.03, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$11.61, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$60.40.

13) Transport: Cost is average for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$880. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$3.13, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$30,772.

How does the cost of living in Nauru compare?

Nauru is 1.8% more expensive than USA for groceries, 19.9% more expensive for household costs than UK, and 71.1% more expensive for transport costs than India.

What is the quality of life / hardship in Nauru?

Nauru is ranked as a high degree of hardship location.The hardship premium for Nauru for an expat from Australia, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Nauru) premium of 30% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%.

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