Syria is in the Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Lebanon and Turkey. The climate is mostly desert with hot, dry, sunny summers and mild, rainy winters, with snow or sleet periodically in Damascus. The official language is Arabic. English is commonly used in international business, particularly in the oil industry. French is also widely understood. The main religion is Islam. The economy of Syria is that of a middle-income, developing country with a diversified economy based on agriculture, industry, and energy. The security risk for expatriates in Syria is extreme. Risks include the ongoing civil conflict, attacks by armed forces, mass-casualty bombings, crime and kidnapping. The currency of Syrian Arab Republic is the Syrian Pound (SYP). As at 2016 it is not possible to use internationally issued credit and debit cards to withdraw money from ATMs or to pay for goods and services in Syria. Medical facilities are extremely limited and medical evacuation may not be possible. Due to the ongoing conflict many hospitals no longer operate. The destruction of infrastructure means there are regular outbreaks of infectious diseases. The population of Syria is 17 Million (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 1.1% for Syria as at December 2017. Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Syria is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 22%.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Syria, 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): Syria as at 1 January 2019 is average in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: High 2) Clothing: Very High 3) Communication: Low 4) Education: Average 5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High 6) Groceries: Average 7) Healthcare: Low 8) Household Accommodation: Very Low 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: Very Low 11) Recreation & Culture: Very High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Average 13) Transport: Low Syria is for example -9.9% cheaper than USA for groceries, -38.3% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 71.9% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for Syria for an expat from Australia, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Syria) premium of 40% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. Syria is ranked as a extreme hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Syria? Register subscribe to your home location and Syria and run your personalised reports.