Zimbabwe is in Southern Africa, between South Africa and Zambia. The climate is tropical, moderated by altitude and the rainy season (November to March). The official language is English. Various dialects of Shona are the main indigenous languages in the centre and north; Ndebele is spoken in the south and west, including in Bulawayo. The main religions are Christianity and indigenous beliefs. The economy of Zimbabwe has reserves of metallurgical-grade chromite and commercial mineral deposits include coal, asbestos, copper, nickel, diamonds, gold, platinum and iron ore. However internal upheaval, population displacement, poverty, 94% unemployment and years of hyperinflation have negatively impacted the economy. The Zimbabwe dollar was abandoned in April 2009 when the US Dollar became legal tender, there is some evidence to suggest that this has helped slow the economic decline somewhat, however extreme hardship persists for majority of citizens. Expatriate business dress is typically a lightweight suit and tie for men and a lightweight suit or its equivalent for women. The security risk for expatriates in Zimbabwe is medium to high. Risks include crime, the risks associated with road travel (due to poor road conditions and driving standards), the risks associated with a fragile political environment and prevalent tensions, as well as obstructive or intrusive behaviour on the part of the authorities. The currency of Zimbabwe is the US Dollar (USD). Credit and debit cards are generally accepted, but not all areas outside of Harare. ATMs are common in Harare, dispensing US dollars. It is illegal to exchange foreign currency other than at officially licensed dealers such as banks. Strict exchange control regulations are in place. Medical facilities are unreliable. There is a shortage of drugs and trained medical staff in hospitals. Private clinics generally require payment upfront, often before they will admit even emergency cases. Medical costs, particularly for evacuation, can be high. There have been outbreaks of contagious diseases reported. The HIV prevalence rate is very high. The population of Zimbabwe is 13 Million (2017 est.), while the inflation rate is 2.97% (Nov 2017).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Zimbabwe, 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): Zimbabwe as at 1 January 2018 is average in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very Low 2) Clothing: High 3) Communication: Very High 4) Education: Very Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: Low 7) Healthcare: Average 8) Household Accommodation: Very High 9) Miscellaneous: Average 10) Personal Care: Average 11) Recreation & Culture: Average 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: High 13) Transport: Low Zimbabwe is for example -16.1% cheaper than USA for groceries, 14% more expensive for household costs than UK, and 66.4% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for Zimbabwe for an expat from Australia, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Zimbabwe) premium of 40% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. Zimbabwe is ranked as a extreme hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Zimbabwe? Register subscribe to your home location and Zimbabwe and run your personalised reports.