Apia is the capital and the largest city of Samoa. Apia Harbour is by far the largest and busiest harbour in Samoa. Apia is served by a good road network, which is generally kept reasonably well maintained. Samoa is in Oceania, and consists of a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about half way between Hawaii and New Zealand. The climate is tropical with a rainy season (November to April), and a dry season (May to October). The official language is English. Samoan is the national language. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of Samoa has traditionally been dependent on development aid, private family remittances from overseas, and agricultural exports. Agriculture employs two-thirds of the labour force, and furnishes 90% of exports. Expatriate business dress in Samoa is relatively casual. Expatriates seldom wear ties, but on formal occasions a lightweight suit may be worn. The security risk for expatriates in Samoa is low. Risks include petty theft and low levels of violent crime. The currency of Samoa is the Samoan Tala (WST). Medical facilities are adequate for routine treatment. Up front payment is often required. Serious or complex medical treatment may require evacuation which can be expensive. Typhoid, hepatitis, filariasis and tuberculosis occur. Cases of Zika virus and Chikungunya virus have been reported. The population of Apia is 36,700 (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 1.5% for Samoa as at May 2017. For a single Expat, the personal income tax rate in Samoa is progressive up to 27%.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Apia, 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): Apia as at 1 April 2018 is high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: High 2) Clothing: Low 3) Communication: Very High 4) Education: Very High 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: High 7) Healthcare: Average 8) Household Accommodation: High 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: High 11) Recreation & Culture: Very High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Low 13) Transport: Low Apia is for example 35.7% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 40.7% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 3% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Apia for an expat from Perth, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Apia) premium of 30% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Apia is ranked as a high degree of hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Apia? Register subscribe to your home location and Apia and run your personalised reports.