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Vanuatu, Port Vila
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Vanuatu, Port VilaPort Vila is the capital and largest city of Vanuatu. Port Vila is the economic and commercial centre of Vanuatu. Port Vila is Vanuatu's most important harbour and the centre of the country's trade. The international airport, Bauerfield International (VLI) is also located in the city. Major industries in the city remain agriculture and fishing. Tourism is also becoming important, especially from Australia and New Zealand.

Vanuatu is a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to Australia. The climate is tropical, moderated by southeast trade winds, with moderate rainfall. May be affected by cyclones from December to April.

The official language is Bislama (pidgin English), English and French. The main religion is Christianity.

The economy of Vanuatu is built on agriculture, tourism, offshore financial services, and cattle raising. There is substantial fishing activity although this industry doesn't bring in much foreign exchange. Exports include copra, kava, beef, cocoa, and timber, and imports include machinery and equipment, foodstuffs, and fuels. Vanuatu is a tax haven, and offshore financing in Port Vila is an important part of the economy. Vanuatu is still dependent on foreign aid, most of which comes from Australia and New Zealand, although in recent years aid has also come from the People's Republic of China.

Expatriate business dress is informal and casual but modest. Ties are not usually required for men.

The security risk for expatriates in Vanuatu is low. Risks include low levels of petty crime, burglaries, and rare attacks on lone expatriates in remote areas. Other risks include earthquakes, volcanic activity, and tropical cyclones.

The currency of Vanuatu is the Vanuatu Vatu (VUV). ATMs are available. Credit cards are widely accepted in tourist areas.

Medical facilities are basic but adequate for routine treatment. Serious or complex medical treatment may require evacuation which can be expensive. Cases of Zika virus, diarrhoea, and water borne diseases have been reported.

The population of Port Vila is 51,400 (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 2.3% for Vanuatu as at June 2019.

Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Vanuatu is based on the current personal income tax rate of 0% as there is currently no personal income tax.


Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in Port Vila as at 1 November 2019 is average 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 Port Vila 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$880. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$12.67, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$1.99, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$2.26 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$8.14.
2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$820. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$48, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$82, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$75 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$35.
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$316. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$90, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.18 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$22800. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$14,849 for Primary School, and USD$16,525 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$3175. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$866, and USD$744 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$870. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$1.20, 1 kg oranges USD$2.00, 1 head lettuce USD$2.44, 1 kg potatos USD$1.81, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$16.28, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$5.00, 1 dozen large eggs USD$3.94, 500g loaf white bread USD$3.44, 1 L full cream milk USD$1.85, and 1.5 L water USD$0.90.
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$610. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$50, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,530.
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$2450. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$3,226 in a central location, and USD$1,931 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$395. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$7.75, while an international newspaper is USD$2.38.
10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$230. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$18, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$92.
11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$340. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$6.33, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$72 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$880. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$3.30, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$3.17, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$8.59, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$42.97.
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$670. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$1.28, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$9,047.

Port Vila is 34.5% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 14.5% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 13.1% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai.

Port Vila is ranked as a high degree of hardship location.

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

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