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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).

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Suriname, Paramaribo

Suriname, ParamariboParamaribo is the capital and largest city of Suriname. Paramaribo's major exports are gold, bauxite, sugar cane, rice, cacao, coffee, rum, and tropical woods. Cement and paint are manufactured in the city.

Suriname is in Northern South America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between French Guiana and Guyana. The climate is tropical, moderated by trade winds.

The official language is Dutch. Creole-based Sranang Tongo language (also known as Taki-Taki) is also spoken by most people. English is widely spoken in urban areas and among the middle class. Knowledge of Spanish is also common. The main religions are Hinduism, Islam and Christianity.

The economy of Suriname is dominated by the bauxite industry, which accounts for more than 15% of GDP and 70% of export earnings. Other main export products include rice, bananas and shrimp.

Surinamese society is an ethnic and religious mix. The main ethnic communities are East Indian (Indo-Surinamese), Afro-Surinamese, Javanese and Maroons. The religious mix is Hindu, Protestant, Roman Catholic and Muslim in roughly equal numbers. Expatriate business dress is relatively casual yet conservative, with clothing that covers both arms and legs for women, and a short or long-sleeved shirt and tie for men.

The security risk for expatriates in Suriname is low. Risks include petty and opportunistic petty crime.

The currency of Suriname is the Suriname Dollar (SRD). While ATMs are available in Paramaribo not all international cards are accepted. Major credit cards not widely accepted outside the major hotels.

Medical facilities are extremely limited. Serious or complex medical treatment may require evacuation which can be expensive. Cases of Zika virus and Chikungunya virus have been reported.

The population of Paramaribo is 245,000 (2017 est.), while the inflation rate is 10.8% (Oct 2017).

Cost Of Living

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

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

Paramaribo is for example 11.3% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 21.1% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and -1.8% cheaper for transport costs than Dubai.

Paramaribo is ranked as a high degree of hardship location.

The hardship premium for Paramaribo for an expat from Perth, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Paramaribo) premium of 30% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%.

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