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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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Sierra Leone, All Areas

Sierra Leone, All AreasSierra Leone is in Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea and Liberia. The climate is tropical, hot and humid with a summer rainy season and a winter dry season.

The official language is English. Krio (an English creole) is the lingua franca. Local tribal languages are also spoken. The main religions are Islam and Christianity.

The economy of Sierra Leone is slowly emerging from a protracted civil war and is showing signs of a successful transition. The country is very rich in minerals and has relied on mining, especially diamonds, for its economic base. The country is among the top 10 diamond producing nations in the world, and mineral exports remain the main foreign currency earner.

Expatriate business dress is mostly conservative, though ties are not always worn.

The security risk for expatriates in Sierra Leone is high. Risks include theft and violence. Other risks include poor infrastructure, hazardous driving conditions, and unreliable electricity and water.

The currency of Sierra Leone is the Sierra Leone Leone (SLL). Sierra Leone is largely a cash based economy. Credit cards are accepted at only a few hotels in Freetown. ATMs are available but limited in Freetown but there are high levels of fraud reported. Outside of Freetown credit cards are not accepted and ATMs are not be available.

Medical facilities are well below international standards. Any medical treatment is required to be paid for up front. Rabies, lassa fever, water-borne diseases, malaria and other tropical diseases are common. Cholera is endemic.

The population of Sierra Leone is 7.1 Million (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 15.33% for Sierra Leone as at December 2017.

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

Cost Of Living

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

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

Sierra Leone is for example 28.4% more expensive than USA for groceries, 4.2% more expensive for household costs than UK, and 106.8% more expensive for transport costs than India.

Sierra Leone is ranked as a extreme hardship location.

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

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