Dar es Salaam is the largest city in Tanzania. Dar es Salaam is the country's richest city and a regionally important economic centre. About one half of Tanzania's manufacturing employment is located in the city despite the fact that Dar holds only ten percent of Tanzania's population. Tanzania is in Eastern Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, between Kenya and Mozambique. The climate varies from tropical along the coast to temperate in the highlands. The official languages are Kiswahili and English. English is understood at business and official levels but is not spoken as well as in other parts of East Africa. Professional Tanzanians understand English, but many write and express themselves poorly. English is associated with the upper classes and government services. Kiswahili is more widespread, including the local media. A few basic phrases of Swahili are invaluable in business circles and Tanzanians show great appreciation if visitors learn a few words. Arabic is spoken on the island of Zanzibar. The main religions are Christianity and Islam. The economy of Tanzania is mostly based on agriculture, which accounts for more than half of the GDP, provides approximately 85% of exports, and employs approximately 80% of the workforce. Expatriate business dress is generally suits and ties for men and suits or dresses for women. The security risk for expatriates in Tanzania is medium. Risks include petty crime, armed robberies, sexual assaults, and the latent risk of terrorism. The currency of Tanzania is the Tanzanian Shilling (TZS). US Dollars are also widely accepted. ATMs are available at banks in most urban areas but are not always reliable. Medical facilities are generally below international standards, especially outside Dar es Salaam. Sleeping sickness, cholera and rift valley fever occur. Malaria and dengue fever are common. The population of Dar es Salaam is 4.4 Million (2016 est.), while the inflation rate is 5.2% (July 2017).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Dar es Salaam, 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): Dar es Salaam as at 1 July 2017 is high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Average 2) Clothing: Low 3) Communication: Low 4) Education: Very Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: Average 7) Healthcare: Average 8) Household Accommodation: Very High 9) Miscellaneous: High 10) Personal Care: Very High 11) Recreation & Culture: High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Low 13) Transport: High Dar es Salaam is for example 10.3% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 76.4% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 38.8% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Dar es Salaam for an expat from Perth, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Dar es Salaam) premium of 30% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Dar es Salaam 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 Dar es Salaam? Register subscribe to your home location and Dar es Salaam and run your personalised reports.