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Zambia, Lusaka

Zambia, LusakaLusaka is the capital and largest city of Zambia. Lusaka is a commercial centre as well as centre of government, and the four main highways of Zambia radiate north, south, east and west from it.

Zambia is in Southern Africa, east of Angola. The climate is tropical, modified by altitude and the rainy season (October to April).

The official language is English. Bemba and Njanja are the other most commonly understood languages. The main religions are Christianity, indigenous beliefs, Hinduism and Islam.

The Zambian economy has historically been based on the copper mining industry. Output of copper had declined over a period of 30 years due to lack of investment, low copper prices, and uncertainty over privatisation. However following privatisation of the industry, copper production has rebounded. The Zambian government is pursuing an economic diversification programme to reduce the economy's reliance on the copper industry.

Expatriate business dress is typically conservative in the form of a lightweight suit or equivalent.

The security risk for expatriates in Zambia is medium. Risks include petty and opportunistic theft, violent crime, including armed robbery and carjacking.

The currency of Zambia is the Zambian Kwacha (ZMW). ATMs are available in Lusaka and some major towns but may not accept all cards. Major credit cards are increasingly accepted by larger shops, hotels, restaurants and tour operators.

Medical facilities are poor, especially in rural areas. Emergency services are limited. There have been a cholera outbreaks reported. The HIV prevalence rate is very high.

The population of Lusaka is 2.5 Million (Metro) (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 7.4% for Zambia as at April 2018.

For a single Expat, the personal income tax rate in Zambia is progressive up to 37.5%.

Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in Lusaka as at 1 April 2018 is high in comparison to other places in the world.

In Lusaka, 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):
1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Low
2) Clothing: Low
3) Communication: High
4) Education: Very Low
5) Furniture & Appliances: Average
6) Groceries: Average
7) Healthcare: Average
8) Household Accommodation: Very High
9) Miscellaneous: Average
10) Personal Care: High
11) Recreation & Culture: Average
12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: High
13) Transport: High

Lusaka is for example 20.5% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 102.5% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 33.9% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai.

Lusaka is ranked as a extreme hardship location.

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

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