Thursday, June 24, 2010

Swaziland, Mbabane Cost of Living April 2010

Country Full Name: The Kingdom of Swaziland.

Location: Swaziland is in Southern Africa, between Mozambique and South Africa.

Country Climate: Varies from tropical to near temperate.

Country Terrain: Mostly mountains and hills; some moderately sloping plains.

Major Languages: Swazi, English (both official).

Major Religions: Christianity, indigenous beliefs.

Country Population: 1.0 million (2008 est.) 1.0 million (2009 est.).

Country Economy: The economy of Swaziland is fairly diversified, with agriculture, forestry and mining accounting for about 13% of GDP, manufacturing (textiles and sugar-related processing) representing 37% of GDP. The majority of the population ? about 75%?is employed in subsistence agriculture.

Currency: Swaziland Lilangeni (SZL).

Country Inflation: 13.1% (2008 est.) 7.8% (2009 est.).

City: Mbabane is the capital and largest city of Swaziland.

City Economy: Mbabane, and Swaziland itself, depend on tourism and sugar exports.
Cost of Living: Mbabane has an overall cost of living index which equates it with low 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. Mbabane is currently ranked 258 overall, most expensive place in the world for expatriates to live, out of 282 international locations.

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