Mbabane is the capital and largest city of Swaziland. Mbabane, and Swaziland itself, depend on tourism and sugar exports. Swaziland is in Southern Africa, between Mozambique and South Africa. The climate varies from tropical to near temperate. The official languages are SiSwati and English. Although SiSwati is the mother tongue, English is widely spoken. The main religions are Christianity and indigenous beliefs. The economy of Swaziland is fairly diversified, with agriculture, forestry and mining accounting for about 13% of GDP, manufacturing (textiles and sugar-related processing) representing 37% of GDP. The majority of the population – about 75%—is employed in subsistence agriculture. Swaziland is one of the last absolute monarchies in the world. Expatriate business dress is relatively conservative, but can be more relaxed in hot weather. Men generally wear a suit and tie, while women wear two-piece suits or equivalent. The security risk for expatriates in Swaziland is medium. Risks include general crime and poor infrastructure. The currency of Swaziland is the Swaziland Lilangeni (SZL). South African notes (but not coins) are also legal tender. Most major credit cards are accepted. ATMs are available. Medical facilities are basic comparable to those of Western Europe and North America, especially in rural areas. Serious or complex medical treatment may require evacuation which can be expensive. There is a high prevalence of HIV. The population of Mbabane is 95,000 (2016 est.), while the inflation rate is 7% (Apr 2017).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Mbabane, 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): Mbabane as at 1 July 2017 is very low in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very Low 2) Clothing: High 3) Communication: High 4) Education: Very Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: Average 6) Groceries: Very Low 7) Healthcare: Very Low 8) Household Accommodation: Low 9) Miscellaneous: Low 10) Personal Care: Very Low 11) Recreation & Culture: Very Low 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Low 13) Transport: Average Mbabane is for example -5.5% cheaper than Houston TX for groceries, 3.9% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 16.7% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Mbabane for an expat from Perth, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Mbabane) premium of 30% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Mbabane is ranked as a high degree of hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Mbabane? Register subscribe to your home location and Mbabane and run your personalised reports.