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Timor-Leste, Dili

Timor-Leste, DiliDili is the capital and largest city of Timor-Leste/East Timor. Dili is the chief port and commercial centre for Timor-Leste/East Timor.

Timor-Leste/East Timor is in South Eastern Asia, northwest of Australia in the Lesser Sunda Islands at the eastern end of the Indonesian archipelago; note - Timor-Leste/East Timor includes the eastern half of the island of Timor, the Oecussi (Ambeno) region on the northwest portion of the island of Timor, and the islands of Pulau Atauro and Pulau Jaco. The climate is tropical, hot and humid with distinct rainy and dry seasons.

The official languages are Tetum and Portuguese. Indonesian and English are used in business and as working languages. The main religion is Christianity.

The economy of Timor-Leste/East Timor is one of the world's poorest, in part due to decades of both neglect and misaligned economic priorities under Portuguese and subsequent Indonesian administration.

Timor-Leste/East Timor is a conservative society, diverse in terms of languages, culture and religion. English is mostly used in business. Expatriate business dress is conservative, typically a lightweight suit or modest dress for women.

The security risk for expatriates in Timor-Leste/East Timor is medium. Risks include general crime particularly in urban areas such as Dili, occasional protests with associated stone throwing and vandalism, as well as gang violence. Other risks include those related to poor infrastructure and limited security.

The currency of East Timor is the US Dollar (USD). The banking system is limited. It is best to bring US dollars. Very few places accept credit cards.

Medical facilities are limited, particularly outside Dili. Serious or complex medical treatment may require evacuation which can be expensive. Malaria and dengue fever are present.

The population of Dili is 234,300 (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 0.6% for East Timor as at October 2019.

Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Timor-Leste is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 10%.

Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in Dili as at 1 November 2019 is high in comparison to other places in the world.

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 Dili is as follows:
1) Alcohol and/or Tobacco: for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$820. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$13.00, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$1.49, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$1.83 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$1.65.
2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$670. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$43, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$85, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$50 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$25.
3) Communication: 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$212. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$30, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.08 per minute.
4) Education: for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30000 in New York costs USD$17700. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$11,465 for Primary School, and USD$12,759 for High School.
5) Furniture & Appliances: for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2500 in New York costs USD$2575. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$774, and USD$665 for a 46+'' LED UHD TV.
6) Groceries: for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$790. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$8.00, 1 kg oranges USD$6.00, 1 head lettuce USD$1.75, 1 kg potatos USD$2.00, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$5.50, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$5.00, 1 dozen large eggs USD$2.50, 500g loaf white bread USD$1.00, 1 L full cream milk USD$1.88, and 1.5 L water USD$0.50.
7) Healthcare: for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$730. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$59, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,822.
8) Household Accommodation: for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5000 in New York costs USD$2900. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$3,607 in a central location, and USD$2,199 in a suburban location, per month, excluding utilities.
9) Miscellaneous: for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$380. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$7.40, while an international newspaper is USD$2.28.
10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$415. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$33, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$166.
11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$345. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$6.00, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$57 per month.
12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$580. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$2.50, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$1.67, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$5.50, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$30.00.
13) Transport: for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$820. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$1.02, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$18,000.

Dili is 22.6% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 35.2% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 39.1% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai.

Dili is ranked as a extreme hardship location.

The hardship premium for Dili for an expat from Perth, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Dili) premium of 40% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%.

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