Wellington is the capital city and third most populous urban area of New Zealand. Wellington is New Zealand's political centre, housing Parliament, the head offices of all Government Ministries and Departments and the bulk of the foreign diplomatic missions in New Zealand. Wellington's compact city centre supports an arts scene, café culture and nightlife much larger than many cities of a similar size. New Zealand is in Oceania, and comprises islands in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Australia. The climate is temperate with sharp regional contrasts. The official languages are English and Maori. Maori is only used in New Zealand and despite its official status, its speakers (estimated to be around 130,000 in total) struggle against it being lost. The main religion is Christianity. The Economy of New Zealand is a market economy which is greatly dependent on international trade, mainly with Australia, the European Union, the United States, China and Japan. It has only small manufacturing and high-tech sectors, being strongly focused on tourism and primary industries like agriculture (though both sectors are highly profitable). New Zealanders are usually quick to use first names. Expatriate business dress is typically a suit and tie for men, while women are expected to either wear a dress or a suit. The security risk for expatriates in New Zealand is low. Risks include street crime and theft. The currency of New Zealand is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD). Banking is on a par with that of Western Europe and North America. Medical facilities are good, however the cost of treatment for expatriates can be high. The population of Wellington is 402,000 (2017 est.), while the inflation rate is 1.9% (Sept 2017).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Wellington, 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): Wellington as at 1 January 2018 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High 2) Clothing: Very High 3) Communication: Very High 4) Education: Very Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: High 7) Healthcare: High 8) Household Accommodation: High 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: Very High 11) Recreation & Culture: High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very High 13) Transport: High Wellington is for example 42.1% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 41.5% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 40.8% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Wellington for an expat from Perth, is for example 0%, i.e. host location (Wellington) premium of 10% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Wellington is ranked as a minimal hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Wellington? Register subscribe to your home location and Wellington and run your personalised reports.