Thursday, June 17, 2010

Malawi, Lilongwe Cost of Living April 2010

Country Full Name: The Republic of Malawi.

Location: Malawi is in Southern Africa, east of Zambia.

Country Climate: Sub-tropical; rainy season (November to May); dry season (May to November).

Country Terrain: Narrow elongated plateau with rolling plains, rounded hills, some mountains.

Major Languages: English, Chichewa (both official).

Major Religions: Christianity, Islam.

Country Population: 13.7 million (2008 est.) 13.9 million (2009 est.).

Country Economy: The economy of Malawi is among the world's least developed and most densely populated. The economy is heavily agriculture-based, with around 85% of the population living in rural areas. More than one-third of GDP and 90% of export revenues come from agriculture.

Currency: Malawi Kwacha (MWK).

Country Inflation: 8.7% (2008 est.) 8.6% (2009 est.).

City: Lilongwe is the capital of Malawi.

City Economy: Lilongwe is the political centre of Malawi while Blantyre is the economic capital.
Cost of Living: Lilongwe has an overall cost of living index which equates it with middle cost of living locations. The overall cost of living index is comprised of the prices for defined quantities of the same goods and services across all 13 Basket Groups. Lilongwe is currently ranked 156 overall, most expensive place in the world for expatriates to live, out of 282 international locations.

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