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Sao Tome and Principe is in Western Africa, islands in the Gulf of Guinea, straddling the Equator, west of Gabon. The climate is tropical, hot and humid with one rainy season (October to May).The official language is Portuguese. Foreigners who cannot speak the language might find it difficult to communicate. French is commonly spoken, but English is not widely understood. The main religion is Christianity.The economy of Sao Tome and Principe, while traditionally dependent on cocoa, is experiencing considerable changes due to investment in the development of its oil industry its territorial waters in the oil-rich waters of the Gulf of Guinea.Expatriate business dress is relatively informal, comprising trousers and a shirt without tie are acceptable for men, and a smart dress for women.The security risk for expatriates in Sao Tome and Principe is low. Risks include petty crime, such as pickpocketing while violent crime is rare. Other risks include those associated with poor infrastructure, particularly the roads and rural areas.The currency of Sao Tome and Principe is the Sao Tome/Principe Dobra (STD). Credit cards acceptance is limited. There are no ATMs.Medical facilities are limited. Serious or complex medical treatment may require evacuation which can be expensive.The population of Sao Tome and Principe is 200,000 (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 4.8% for Sao Tome and Principe as at October 2019.Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Sao Tome and Principe is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 25%.Within Sao Tome and Principe we also cover Sao Tome.