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Turkmenistan, Ashgabat

Turkmenistan, AshgabatAshgabat is the capital and largest city of Turkmenistan. Ashgabat is primarily a government and administrative centre. The principal industries are cotton textiles and metal working.

Turkmenistan is in Central Asia, bordering the Caspian Sea, between Iran and Kazakhstan. The climate is subtropical desert.

The official language is Turkmen. It is of Turkic origin. The common inter-ethnic language is Russian, familiarity with it is useful. Few people speak English well, but a rapidly increasing number have a basic grasp of the language; interpreters can be hired locally. Turkish is also spoken. Under the Soviet Union, the Turkmen script was changed to Cyrillic. The authorities moved to a Latin alphabet based on Turkish since 1991, but Cyrillic is still occasionally used for some public notices such as road signs, street names and on some official forms. The main religion is Islam.

Turkmenistan is largely desert country with nomadic cattle raising, intensive agriculture in irrigated oases, and huge gas and oil resources. One-half of its irrigated land is planted in cotton, placing the country in the top 10-15 producers. It also possesses the world's fifth largest reserves of natural gas and substantial oil resources.

Expatriate business dress is conservative, but more flexible during the hot summer months for comfort, while remaining modest.

The security risk for expatriates in Turkmenistan is medium. Risks include poor road safety standards and road conditions, official restrictions on travel within the country (always carry passport/visa etc.), curfews, and the risk of state surveillance.

The currency of Turkmenistan is the Turkmenistan New Manat (TMT). Turkmenistan is largely a cash-based economy. While ATMs are available in major urban areas not all international cards are accepted. Major credit cards are accepted at some shops and restaurants.

Medical facilities are poor. Serious or complex medical treatment requires evacuation which can be expensive. Typhoid and hepatitis A are endemic.

The population of Ashgabat is 1 Million (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 9.4% for Turkmenistan as at December 2018.

Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Turkmenistan is based on the current personal income tax rate which is a flat rate of 10%.

Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in Ashgabat 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 Ashgabat 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$1220. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$11.43, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$2.76, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$3.86 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$6.00.
2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$1030. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$77, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$80, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$93 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$78.
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$460. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$193, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.03 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$42300. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$27,408 for Primary School, and USD$30,501 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$2750. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$803, and USD$689 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$750. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$1.33, 1 kg oranges USD$5.14, 1 head lettuce USD$0.29, 1 kg potatos USD$1.43, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$6.57, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$10.95, 1 dozen large eggs USD$1.71, 500g loaf white bread USD$0.50, 1 L full cream milk USD$1.57, and 1.5 L water USD$0.86.
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$800. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$65, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,996.
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$1450. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$1,234 in a central location, and USD$813 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$1450. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$28.26, while an international newspaper is USD$8.69.
10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$700. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$56, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$281.
11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$315. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$9.29, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$43 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$810. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$3.67, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$2.61, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$7.86, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$48.57.
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$550. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$0.43, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$16,614.

Ashgabat is 16.5% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, -33.2% cheaper for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and -5.9% cheaper for transport costs than Dubai.

Ashgabat is ranked as a high degree of hardship location.

The hardship premium for Ashgabat for an expat from Perth, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Ashgabat) premium of 30% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%.

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