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Saint Lucia, Castries

Saint Lucia, CastriesCastries is the capital city of Saint Lucia. Castries houses the government and head offices of many businesses both foreign and local. It also has a sheltered harbour which receives cargo vessels and ferry boats as well as cruise ships.

Saint Lucia is an island between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago. The climate is tropical moderated by northeast trade winds with a dry season January to April, and a rainy season May to August.

The official language is English. French-based patois is also spoken. The main religion is Christianity.

The economy of Saint Lucia depends primarily on tourism, banana production, and light manufacturing.

Expatriate business dress in St Lucia is relatively formal requiring a short or long-sleeved shirt and tie for men, and a suit or a dress for women.

The security risk for expatriates in Saint Lucia is low. Risks include petty street crime, violent crime, and murder. Other risks include hurricanes and tropical storms.

The currency of Saint Lucia is the East Caribbean Dollar (XCD).

Medical facilities are limited. Serious or complex medical treatment may require evacuation which can be expensive. Dengue fever is endemic. Cases of Chikungunya virus have been reported.

The population of Castries is 70,000 (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is -1.7% for Saint Lucia as at December 2016.

For a single Expat, the personal income tax rate in Saint Lucia is progressive up to 30%.

Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in Castries as at 1 April 2018 is high in comparison to other places in the world.

In Castries, 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: Average
3) Communication: Very High
4) Education: Low
5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High
6) Groceries: Very High
7) Healthcare: Low
8) Household Accommodation: High
9) Miscellaneous: Low
10) Personal Care: Low
11) Recreation & Culture: Very Low
12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very Low
13) Transport: Low

Castries is for example 73.5% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 50.9% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 3.5% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai.

Castries is ranked as a some hardship location.

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

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