South Sudan is in the East-Central Africa region of north-eastern Africa and is also part of the North Africa UN sub-region. The climate is equatorial. The official language is English. Most business is conducted in English, but local business personnel may converse with one another in Arabic (Juba dialect) or Dinka (local language). Foreign business executives will not be expected to speak or understand a local language. The main religions are Christianity, Islam and traditional indigenous religions. The economy of South Sudan is one of the world's weakest and most underdeveloped with South Sudan having little existing infrastructure and the highest maternal mortality and female illiteracy rates in the world. South Sudan exports timber and also contains many natural resources such as petroleum, iron ore, copper, chromium ore, zinc, tungsten, mica, silver, gold, diamonds, hardwoods, limestone and hydropower. Expatriate business dress is mostly conservative in the form of a light business suit. The security risk for expatriates in South Sudan is high. Risks include a lack of government control, violent crime, theft, bandits, insurgent groups, communal violence, and cross-border clashes between Sudan and South Sudan. Other risks include poor infrastructure, often made more challenging by extreme weather. The currency of South Sudan is the South Sudanese Pound (SSP). Credit and debit cards are not accepted. Medical facilities are extremely limited. Serious or complex medical treatment may require evacuation which can be expensive. Cases of cholera and polio have been reported. The population of South Sudan is 8.3 Million (2017 est.), while the inflation rate is 101.9% (Sept 2017).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In South Sudan, 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): South Sudan as at 1 January 2018 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High 2) Clothing: Very Low 3) Communication: Very Low 4) Education: Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: Very High 8) Household Accommodation: Very High 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: Very High 11) Recreation & Culture: Very High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very High 13) Transport: Very High South Sudan is for example 71.9% more expensive than USA for groceries, 14% more expensive for household costs than UK, and 220.5% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for South Sudan for an expat from Australia, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (South Sudan) premium of 40% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. South Sudan is ranked as a extreme hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in South Sudan? Register subscribe to your home location and South Sudan and run your personalised reports.