Funafuti is an atoll that forms the capital of the island nation of Tuvalu. Funafuti has an airstrip, hotel (Vaiaku Langi Hotel), and administrative buildings, as well as homes, constructed both in the traditional manner, out of palm fronds, and more recently out of cement blocks. Tuvalu is an island group consisting of nine coral atolls in the South Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the way from Hawaii to Australia. The climate is tropical, moderated at different times by easterly trade winds, westerly gales and heavy rain. The official languages are English and Tuvaluan. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of Tuvalu suffers from its remoteness and lack of economies of scale. Virtually the only jobs in the islands that pay a steady wage or salary are with the government. Subsistence farming and fishing remain the primary economic activities, particularly off the capital island of Funafuti. There is no apparent large income disparity among the residents. Expatriate business dress is relaxed but modest. The security risk for expatriates in Tuvalu is low. Risks include low levels of petty crime. The currency of Tuvalu is the Australian Dollar (AUD). Tuvalu is a cash based economy. Credit cards are not accepted. There are no ATMs. Medical facilities are generally adequate for routine medical treatment. Serious or complex medical treatment may require evacuation which can be expensive. Dengue fever occurs. The population of Funafuti is 6,000 (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 4.2% for Tuvalu as at 2018. Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Tuvalu is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 30%.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in 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 Funafuti is as follows: Funafuti as at 1 November 2019 is high in comparison to other places in the world. 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$950. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$13.22, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$2.11, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$3.54 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$5.80. 2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$740. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$27, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$61, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$76 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$21. 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$182. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$37, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.27 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$21300. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$13,853 for Primary School, and USD$15,416 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$2100. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$702, and USD$603 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$910. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$3.31, 1 kg oranges USD$4.79, 1 head lettuce USD$1.96, 1 kg potatos USD$2.68, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$7.93, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$14.59, 1 dozen large eggs USD$3.48, 500g loaf white bread USD$1.05, 1 L full cream milk USD$2.09, and 1.5 L water USD$0.91. 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$640. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$52, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,587. 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$3400. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$3,026 in a central location, and USD$1,899 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$330. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$6.44, while an international newspaper is USD$1.98. 10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$280. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$22, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$112. 11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$585. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$5.93, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$51 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$720. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$3.13, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$1.56, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$9.42, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$47.06. 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$850. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$1.10, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$20,625. Funafuti is 40.7% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 60.3% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 44% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Funafuti for an expat from Perth, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Funafuti) premium of 30% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Funafuti 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 Funafuti? Register subscribe to your home location and Funafuti and run your personalised reports.