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South Sudan, All Areas

South Sudan, All Areas

Cost of living in South Sudan, prices and what it is like to live for an Expat, quality of life / hardship, and compare cost of living for Expatriates as at July 2021.

What is it like to live in South Sudan?

Climate: The climate is equatorial.

Language: 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.

Religion: Christianity, Islam and traditional indigenous religions.

Economy: 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.

Inflation: 18.3% for South Sudan as at June 2021.

Money: The currency of South Sudan is the South Sudanese Pound (SSP). Credit and debit cards are not accepted.

Tax: In South Sudan is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 20%.

Population: 11.2 Million (2020 est.)

Expat Life: Expatriate dress code is mostly conservative in the form of a light business suit. The safety 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.

Health Care: Health care facilities are extremely limited. Serious or complex health care treatment may require evacuation which can be expensive. Cases of cholera and polio have been reported.

Cost Of Living

What is the cost of living in South Sudan?

The cost of living for expatriates in South Sudan as at July 2021 is average in comparison to other places in the world, with an overall Cost of Living Index (COLI), for all 13 basket groups, of 67.47 (New York =100). 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 South Sudan is as follows:

1) Alcohol and/or Tobacco: Cost is average for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$720. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$16.67, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$1.34, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$2.06 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$3.43.

2) Clothing: Cost is very low for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$500. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$20, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$49, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$41 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$39.

3) Communication: Cost is very high 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$518. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$97, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.03 per minute.

4) Education: Cost is average for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30,000 in New York costs USD$25500. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$16,575 for Primary School, and USD$18,445 for High School.

5) Furniture & Appliances: Cost is high for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2,500 in New York costs USD$2825. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$812, and USD$697 for a 46+'' LED UHD TV.

6) Groceries: Cost is average for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$810. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$4.93, 1 kg oranges USD$2.52, 1 head lettuce USD$0.83, 1 kg potatos USD$1.63, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$6.52, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$12.23, 1 dozen large eggs USD$2.49, 500g loaf white bread USD$1.21, 1 L full cream milk USD$1.17, and 1.5 L water USD$0.82.

7) Healthcare: Cost is low for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$570. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$47, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,430.

8) Household Accommodation: Cost is low for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5,000 in New York costs USD$1900. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$1,845 in a central location, and USD$1,049 in a suburban location, per month, excluding utilities.

9) Miscellaneous: Cost is very high for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$625. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$12.19, while an international newspaper is USD$3.75.

10) Personal Care: Cost is low for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$230. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$18, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$92.

11) Recreation & Culture: Cost is very low for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$195. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$5.58, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$47 per month.

12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Cost is average for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$520. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$2.43, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$0.69, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$6.48, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$24.92.

13) Transport: Cost is average for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$750. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$1.16, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$21,915.

How does the cost of living in South Sudan compare?

South Sudan is -1% cheaper than USA for groceries, -45% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 44.5% more expensive for transport costs than India.

What is the quality of life / hardship in South Sudan?

South Sudan is ranked as an extreme hardship location.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%.

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