Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tonga, NukuAlofa Cost of Living April 2010

Country Full Name: Kingdom of Tonga.

Location: Tonga is in Oceania, and consists of an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand.

Country Climate: Tropical; modified by trade winds; warm season (December to May), cool season (May to December).

Country Terrain: Most islands have limestone base formed from uplifted coral formation; others have limestone overlying volcanic base.

Major Languages: Tongan, English.

Major Religions: Christianity.

Country Population: 0.103 million (2008 est.) 0.103 million (2009 est.).

Country Economy: The economy of Tonga is characterized by a large non monetary sector and a heavy dependence on remittances from the half of the country's population that lives abroad, chiefly in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.

Currency: Tonga Pa'anga (TOP).

Country Inflation: 14.5% (2008 est.) 12.3% (2009 est.).

City: Nuku'Alofa is the capital and commercial, transport and social center of Tonga.

City Economy: Nuku'Alofa is the economic hub of the country.
Cost of Living: Nuku'Alofa 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. Nuku'Alofa is currently ranked 265 overall, most expensive place in the world for expatriates to live, out of 282 international locations.

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