Sao Tome is the capital city of Sao Tome and Principe and is the largest town. Sao Tome is an important port and centre of the island's road and bus networks. 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 is 57,000 (2017 est.), while the inflation rate is 6.5% (Oct 2017).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Sao Tome, 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): Sao Tome as at 1 January 2018 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: High 2) Clothing: Very Low 3) Communication: Very High 4) Education: Very High 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: High 7) Healthcare: Average 8) Household Accommodation: Very Low 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: Very High 11) Recreation & Culture: Very High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Low 13) Transport: Very High Sao Tome is for example 33.2% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, -14.2% cheaper for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 43.7% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Sao Tome for an expat from Perth, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Sao Tome) premium of 30% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Sao Tome 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 Sao Tome? Register subscribe to your home location and Sao Tome and run your personalised reports.