Nuku'Alofa is the capital and commercial, transport and social centre of Tonga. Nuku'Alofa is the economic hub of the country. Tonga is in Oceania, and consists of an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand. The climate is tropical, modified by trade winds, with a warm season (December to May) and a cool season (May to December). The official languages are Tongan and English The main religion is Christianity. The economy of Tonga is characterized by a large non monetary sector and a heavy dependence on remittances from the half of the country's population that lives abroad, chiefly in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. Expatriate business dress is generally a shirt and tie for men and long dresses or shirts and skirts (knee and shoulders should always be covered) for women. The security risk for expatriates in Tonga is low. Risks include low levels of petty theft. The currency of Tonga is the Tonga Pa'anga (TOP). While ATMs are available in the main towns not all international cards are accepted. Major credit cards are accepted at some shops and restaurants. Medical facilities are basic. Serious or complex medical treatment may require evacuation which can be expensive. Cases of Zika virus have been reported. Dengue fever occurs. The population of Nuku'Alofa is 25,000 (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 9.5% for Tonga as at April 2017. For a single Expat, the personal income tax rate in Tonga is progressive up to 20%.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Nuku'Alofa, 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): Nuku'Alofa as at 1 April 2018 is very low in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High 2) Clothing: Very Low 3) Communication: Very Low 4) Education: Very Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: Low 6) Groceries: High 7) Healthcare: Low 8) Household Accommodation: Very Low 9) Miscellaneous: Very Low 10) Personal Care: Average 11) Recreation & Culture: Very Low 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very Low 13) Transport: Very Low Nuku'Alofa is for example 31.8% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, -60.4% cheaper for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and -23.3% cheaper for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Nuku'Alofa for an expat from Perth, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Nuku'Alofa) premium of 40% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Nuku'Alofa is ranked as a extreme hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Nuku'Alofa? Register subscribe to your home location and Nuku'Alofa and run your personalised reports.