Freetown is the capital and largest city of Sierra Leone. Freetown is the economic, financial, and cultural centre of Sierra Leone. Sierra 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 Freetown is 1.1 Million (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 15.2% for Sierra Leone as at September 2019. Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Sierra Leone is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 30%.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in We have collected prices for the same items, world wide, based on Expat spending norms, in or closest to the location, and converted them to $USD so that we can compare the cost of 13 different baskets in 780 global locations. For each basket, compared to New York, the equivalent cost in Freetown is as follows: Freetown as at 1 November 2019 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol and/or Tobacco: for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$1130. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$13.04, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$1.27, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$1.77 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$2.59. 2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$550. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$31, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$64, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$91 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$60. 3) Communication: for various communication costs such as home telephone rental, internet subscription, mobile service provider tariff and data costs. A basket costing USD$200 in New York costs USD$366. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$135, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.19 per minute. 4) Education: for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30000 in New York costs USD$24900. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$16,138 for Primary School, and USD$17,959 for High School. 5) Furniture & Appliances: for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2500 in New York costs USD$2975. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$835, and USD$717 for a 46+'' LED UHD TV. 6) Groceries: for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$1090. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$2.59, 1 kg oranges USD$1.90, 1 head lettuce USD$2.80, 1 kg potatos USD$3.03, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$10.41, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$13.16, 1 dozen large eggs USD$4.35, 500g loaf white bread USD$1.71, 1 L full cream milk USD$1.71, and 1.5 L water USD$1.13. 7) Healthcare: for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$650. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$53, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,628. 8) Household Accommodation: for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5000 in New York costs USD$3650. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$4,017 in a central location, and USD$1,590 in a suburban location, per month, excluding utilities. 9) Miscellaneous: for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$810. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$15.79, while an international newspaper is USD$4.86. 10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$290. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$23, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$117. 11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$825. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$5.85, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$121 per month. 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$790. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$3.62, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$1.13, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$9.60, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$38.40. 13) Transport: for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$1070. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$1.10, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$22,255. Freetown is 68.9% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 71.1% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 81.1% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Freetown for an expat from Perth, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Freetown) premium of 40% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Freetown is ranked as a extreme hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Freetown? Register subscribe to your home location and Freetown and run your personalised reports.