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We provide international cost of living and hardship data so that you can create reports online (24X7) using any of the calculators:

Expat Salary: Salary purchasing power parity calculator, for simple cost of living comparison and international salary calculation (e.g. to compare a salary offer).

Cost of Living Comparison: Cost of living allowance calculator, compares cost of living and hardship and calculates a cost of living allowance based on the difference.

International Cost of Living Index: Cost of living index calculator, compares multiple locations to a home base (e.g. international offices compared to HQ).

International Assignment: International assignment management calculator, for global mobility managers who use the build-up approach for detailed international assignment salary and allowance calculations.

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Papua New Guinea, All Areas

Papua New Guinea, All AreasPapua New Guinea is in Oceania, and consists of a group of islands including the eastern half of the island of New Guinea between the Coral Sea and the South Pacific Ocean, east of Indonesia. The climate is tropical monsoon and slight seasonal temperature variation.

The official language is English. It is spoken widely in business and government circles. Dialects such as Pidgin English and Hiri Motu are commonly used. The main religions are Christianity and indigenous beliefs.

The economy of Papua New Guinea is richly endowed with natural resources, but exploitation has been hampered by the rugged terrain and the high cost of developing infrastructure. Agriculture provides a subsistence livelihood for the bulk of the population.

Papua New Guineans are generally friendly and hospitable, but they can be suspicious of expatriates, whom they may suspect of wanting to exploit them. Expatriate business dress is suited to the warm, tropical climate in the form of a lightweight suit and tie for men, and lightweight clothing for women.

The security risk for expatriates in Papua New Guinea is high. Risks include violent crime, burglary, hold-ups, muggings, assault, carjacking and rape.

The currency of Papua New Guinea is the Papua New Guinea Kina (PGK).

Medical facilities are very basic. Serious or complex medical treatment may require evacuation which can be very expensive. Cases of Zika virus and Chikungunya virus as well as drug resistant TB have been reported.

The population of Papua New Guinea is 8.1 Million (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 4.7% for Papua New Guinea as at December 2017.

For a single Expat, the personal income tax rate in Papua New Guinea is progressive up to 42%.

Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in Papua New Guinea as at 1 April 2018 is average in comparison to other places in the world.

In Papua New Guinea, 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):
1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High
2) Clothing: Low
3) Communication: Very High
4) Education: Average
5) Furniture & Appliances: Very Low
6) Groceries: Average
7) Healthcare: Average
8) Household Accommodation: Very High
9) Miscellaneous: Very Low
10) Personal Care: Very Low
11) Recreation & Culture: Average
12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very Low
13) Transport: Very Low

Papua New Guinea is for example -3.4% cheaper than USA for groceries, 16% more expensive for household costs than UK, and 8.8% more expensive for transport costs than India.

Papua New Guinea is ranked as a extreme hardship location.

The hardship premium for Papua New Guinea for an expat from Australia, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Papua New Guinea) premium of 40% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%.

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