Thursday, June 24, 2010

Sudan, Khartoum Cost of Living April 2010

Country Full Name: Republic of Sudan.

Location: Sudan is in Northern Africa, bordering the Red Sea, between Egypt and Eritrea.

Country Climate: Tropical in south; arid desert in north; rainy season varies by region (April to November).

Country Terrain: Generally flat, featureless plain; mountains in far south, northeast and west; desert dominates the north.

Major Languages: Arabic; Nubian, others.

Major Religions: Islam, Christianity.

Country Population: 38.1 million (2008 est.) 39.1 million (2009 est.).

Country Economy: The economy of Sudan has been buffeted by civil war, political instability, adverse weather, weak world commodity prices, a drop in remittances from abroad, and counterproductive economic policies. The private sector's main areas of activity are agriculture and trading, with most private industrial investment predating 1980. Agriculture employs 80% of the work force.

Currency: Sudanese Dinar (SDD).

Country Inflation: 14.3% (2008 est.) 11% (2009 est.).

City: Khartoum is the capital of Sudan and of Khartoum State.

City Economy: Khartoum has a thriving economy. In recent years Khartoum has seen significant development, driven by Sudan's oil wealth. The center of the city is well-planned, with tree-lined streets.
Cost of Living: Khartoum 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. Khartoum is currently ranked 111 overall, most expensive place in the world for expatriates to live, out of 282 international locations.

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