International Cost of Living Calculator

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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Cost of Living Allowance
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International Assignment Management
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Somalia, All Areas

Somalia, All AreasSomalia is in Eastern Africa, bordering the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, east of Ethiopia. The climate is principally desert, hot and humid with irregular rainfall.

The official languages are Somali and Arabic. English and Italian are also spoken. Arabic is chiefly spoken in the north and the coastal regions, while Swahili is used in the south. The main religion is Islam.

The economy of Somalia has, despite civil unrest, maintained a healthy informal economy, based mainly on livestock, remittance/money transfer companies, and telecommunications.

While requirements vary from one area to another, parts of Somalia are very conservative Islamic areas and local Islamic sensibilities should be respected. Expatriate business dress is typically a suit for men, conservative clothing covering the arms and legs for women.

The security risk for expatriates in Somalia is extreme. Risks include militant attacks, abduction, landmines and violent crime.

The currency of Somalia is the Somali Shilling (SOS). Credit cards are not accepted.

Medical facilities are basic in Hargeisa and extremely limited or non-existent elsewhere.

The population of Somalia is 14.3 Million (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is -3.6% for Somalia as at December 2016.

For a single Expat, the personal income tax rate in Somalia is progressive up to 10%.

Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in Somalia as at 1 April 2018 is average in comparison to other places in the world.

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

Somalia is for example -8.7% cheaper than USA for groceries, -5.4% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 95.5% more expensive for transport costs than India.

Somalia is ranked as a extreme hardship location.

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

Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Somalia? Register subscribe to your home location and Somalia and run your personalised reports.